In one of the highest-speed crashes to happen in recent months, NASCAR champion and current Cup Series title holder, Jimmie Johnson found himself flying directly toward the outside wall at Pocono this weekend - a situation that admittedly was incredibly scary for him.
On top of Johnson's full-speed collision with the wall, fellow driver Jamie McMurray found himself leaping from the edges of flames that had ignited inside of his car after he too struck a retaining wall.
During Sunday's race at Pocono (June 11th), Johnson experienced full brake failure and shot left toward the infield grass before quickly changing direction and darting full-speed at the outside wall.
Speaking at length about the wreck after visiting the infield care center, Johnson explained what he believed happened to cause the wreck, and revealed that it left him shook up.
“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,” Johnson said to Autoweek. “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.”
We are glad to hear that both Johnson and McMurray are both in good health following the near-simultaneous crashes.
Watch the full video of both crashes below and let us know what you think in the comments.
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