Johnson Wins Fourth Brickyard 400
(photo courtesy of NASCAR.com)
Jimmie Johnson dominated in becoming only the second driver to win the Brickyard 400 four times.
Johnson joins teammate Jeff Gordon, A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Sr., his idol Rick Mears and Michael Schumacher as the only drivers to win at least 4 times at IMS.
Johnson says it's an honor to join Mears in the elite group. "Man it's wild, and Gordon as well, I looked up to him and it's really wild for me to get my start driving in a Cup car for him, so to tie both of those guys in what they've accomplished, again I just hoped to come here and race, I had no idea this would turn out."
Johnson's margin of victory was also the largest in Brickyard 400 history. "Winning is great, but the fashion in which you win can ramp that up some and today's performance was awesome, especially on a stage like we have here at the Brickyard. It would be exciting for the fans to have a side-by-side finish but as a racer to just wear them out all day long and win by a large margin is what I'd want to do as a racer."
Johnson says he grew up watching the Indy 500 with his grandfather and father, and dreamed of winning at the famous speedway. "And my grandfather told me stories about Indy and that he came here and was at the racetrack, so I'm glad to have my own memories here and for my family, I also must say I could not do it without the support of my wife and daughter."
Johnson, and his wife, kissed the bricks after the win, but their young daughter decided not to partake in the tradition.
Kyle Busch finished second, followed by Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon.