JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET SS - Sidelined with brake failure on lap 95
HAD YOU HAD ANY KIND OF BRAKING ISSUE BEFORE THAT? OR IT JUST WENT RIGHT TO THE FLOOR?
"No, it went right to the floor and I saw a replay inside the medical center. The smoke, I think, is the brake fluid coming out of wherever failed and onto the rotors. I can only speculate that I got the brakes too hot and when I went to the brakes they just traveled straight to the floor. I didn't even have a pedal to push on. At that point, I threw it in third gear and I was just trying to slow it down. I was heading to the grass and I was wondering why I didn't turn right and get to the wall sooner, but I'm fine. Certainly, a big scare. I haven't had a scare like that since 2000 at Watkins Glen. So, just want to let my wife and kids and my mom know that I'm okay and I will go change my underwear and get ready to go home."
A GREAT MOVE TO TRY TO CATCH THE APRON TO TRY TO CATCH THE GRASS TO TRY TO SCRUB OFF SOME SPEED, BUT ALSO CHANGE THE ANGLE OF THAT SIGNIFICANT HIT:
"Yeah, I told myself if this even happened again I would turn immediately into the outside wall and try to slow myself down, but my instincts, you are looking at the corner, you look at all that real estate to the inside and I pointed it down to the infield. Once I was in the grass, I was like, man, I've been here before, I should have just turned dead right into the wall and got to the wall right away. You have a split-second decision to make there. Fortunately, this one turned out well for me, just an exciting ride.
"I didn't have a long pedal or anything to tell me to not use my brakes like I had been. And when I went in the corner and hit the pedal, it travelled immediately to the floor and I could see a little puff of smoke and I knew I was in big trouble. I quickly stuffed it into third gear and tried to slow the car down and got into the grass. Fortunately I had a decent angle when I hit the wall in Turn 1. Outside of scaring myself pretty good, all is well."
YOU WERE SITTING AGAINST THE WALL AFTER THE CRASH...TALK ABOUT THAT
"Yeah, when the brakes fail like that, there's so much time to think about the crash and I just needed a minute. I thought it was going to be a lot worse than that. And to have it turn out where I basically just scared myself and got out of the car and walked away, I just needed a second to sit down and catch my breath. But, honestly, I have no sore spots or aches. I feel fine."
JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 CESSNA CHEVROLET SS- Experienced a brake issue on lap 95 after trying to stop for a crash in front of him
WALK US THROUGH WHAT HAPPENED:
"So, I didn't really even see the No. 48 (Jimmie Johnson) car wrecking until I just went down and I got on the brake pedal and my pedal started to go to the floor and I had a little bit that I could kind of pump it and I thought I was going to be okay. And then, I don't know if I got into some oil or what happened, but I just started spinning and didn't have any brakes. So, it was really weird that we kind of both had the same thing happen at the same point on the racetrack, but fortunately, we are both okay and yeah, move on."
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