Johnson elected to run Indycar practice with an injured hand; Moments ago, he crashed again
This weekend, INDYCAR lands in Long Beach, California. The famed street circuit is the fourth race of the 2022 Indycar season.
Watch the Jimmie Johnson crash videos below.
Jimmie Johnson is coming off his career-best INDYCAR race. The driver finished 6th in his very first oval race in an Indycar. That result came at Texas Motor Speedway.
In the opening round of Long Beach practice, Johnson found the tire barrier. It appeared that he let go of the steering wheel just before impact. However, he still injured his hand as only one hand was off the wheel.
Friday: Jimmie Johnson medical update
“As you can see, I’m a little banged up and have a splint on,” Jimmie Johnson stated on Friday.
“First and foremost, I apologize to the fans at the autograph session. I wasn’t able to attend. Clearly got something else going on here.”
“I’m on my way to be further evaluated. Just to get a good honest look and understand what my options are. I really don’t have any clarity at this point.”
Johnson concluded, “I look forward to updating you all very soon.”
The driver finished 25th of 26 in the first session. He ran 18 laps in the session before the crash that ended his day.
Saturday: Jimmie Johnson medical update
Moments ago, Johnson returned with another update:
“I do have a fracture in my hand,” Johnson confirmed.
“I’ve worked with my race team and we’ve created a little carbon fiber splint to support the area that’s injured.”
“Worked very closely with INDYCAR. They have approved me to participate in this morning’s practice session. It’s really just take it, how it comes, from here.”
“Again, working with the team to make sure my cockpit is as comfortable as it can be. I feel very good about things now. I’m willing to try practice.”
He concluded, “But, I really won’t know until I’m out there in the practice session and feel the demands of the race car to know if I can go further and into the race.”
Johnson ran 14 laps of practice after the comments above. He was 26th of 26 drivers and turned to least amount of laps of anyone. The worst part is that Johnson ended his Saturday session in another crash.
Following Saturday’s practice Johnson stated, “Practice felt ok on the hand. I’m thankful that my ability to grip the wheel and maneuver the car is there.”