Paddock Buzz: Johnson Fills Highlight Reel with Stirring Run

Jimmie Johnson was proud to provide “a highlight reel” for the weekend’s first NTT INDYCAR SERIES oval race Saturday at Iowa Speedway. Johnson finished 11th, but he consistently – and legitimately – ran in the top six for most of the second half of the race. For the second time in his 23-race NTT INDYCAR SERIES career, Johnson led laps Saturday – a career-best 19 in all. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) was impressed with Johnson as he followed him much of the second half of the race. Johnson’s laps were 175.205 mph and 175.812 mph, which at the time topped the charts. “What a rush,” Johnson said after climbing from the car. Speeds were certainly up from the last time the series raced here, in 2020. 45 Honda, Hy-Vee plastered Harvey’s likeness and that of his race car throughout the region.

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