AVONDALE, ARIZONA - NOVEMBER 04:  Former NASCAR driver, Jimmie Johnson (C) speaks to the media announcing he has invested in an ownership stake in the Petty GMS Motorsports as team owners Richard Petty (L) and Maury Gallagher (R) look on during a press conference at Phoenix Raceway on November 04, 2022 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) | Getty Images
AVONDALE, ARIZONA - NOVEMBER 04: Former NASCAR driver, Jimmie Johnson (C) speaks to the media announcing he has invested in an ownership stake in the Petty GMS Motorsports as team owners Richard Petty (L) and Maury Gallagher (R) look on during a press conference at Phoenix Raceway on November 04, 2022 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Jimmie Johnson tests Next Gen at Phoenix Raceway

Jimmie Johnson relished the chance to get back into a NASCAR Cup Series car even if it likely won’t help him much when he attempts to qualify for the Daytona 500 in three weeks.

Johnson turned some laps Tuesday in a Cup car at Phoenix Raceway, the place where he last drove in NASCAR in 2020. The seven-time Cup champion has spent the last two years racing in IndyCar, and the stock car ā€” a much heavier car with less horsepower and not stop-on-a-dime braking ā€” obviously felt different.

“The speed did seem different, no doubt about that,” Johnson said. “And then just the mass of the vehicle ā€” such a different feeling in the stock car with all the mass trying to slow it down and trying to change directions, trying to use the throttle.

His test was allowed under a provision where NASCAR lets elite drivers test a Next Gen car … at a track where the driver won’t race.

It is designed to allow a driver to get adjusted to the car, and Johnson certainly was able to use the test to learn about the vehicle.

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