Jimmie Johnson Mar 25, 2023; Austin, Texas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (84) looks up at qualifying at Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmie Johnson looked forward to racing at Circuit of the Americas for the first time in a NASCAR Cup Series car. Unfortunately for the seven-time champ, and his fans, Johnson’s race ended before completing the first lap.

A chain reaction crash toward the end of Lap 1 collected Johnson and a few other drivers. It started as Brad Keselowski spun in the middle of the track. That caused his teammate, Chris Buescher to move right, but as he did, he got into Ty Dillon. Dillon spun into Johnson’s path and spun him.

The crash resulted in Dillon and Johnson going out of the race while the RFK Racing duo of Keselowski and Buescher continued.

Many who were curious about how Johnson would fare at COTA were disappointed that the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champ had an early end to his race.

It was unfortunate for Johnson as he’s racing a limited schedule for this Cup season. In addition, COTA served as an unofficial test to NASCAR’s Garage 56 project, where Johnson, Jenson Button (also in this race), and Mike Rockenfeller will drive a Next Gen stock car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Johnson’s next race will be at the end of May as he looks to qualify for the Coca-Cola 600.

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