Amateur racers may be amused to know that not even three-time defending NASCAR champions are exempt from having accidents, as Jimmy Johnson’s story will prove.
Johnson was in Daytona Beach, Florida, to compete in the Rolex 24 race. An assistant came to inform him that it was his turn to race just as he woke up from a nap. He then hurried to put on his uniform, which has no button holes yet. He grabbed a knife and tried to cut an opening into the fabric—and the knife went through the fabric and sliced his finger.
“It got me pretty good,” Johnson told the Associated Press. “Cut right through the fabric to where my finger was on the other side.”
The wounds were not very serious, but Johnson did not drive his final stint in the race. He got stitches instead and flew home to Charlotte for further examination on Sunday night.
But his competitors shouldn’t celebrate too early, because the injury will not affect his driving, Johnson said. He’ll be ready when teams troop to Daytona for the season-opening of Daytona 500, which is in 11 days.
This is the second time Johnson was injured outside the race. After winning his first title a few years back, he broke his left wrist when he fell off a golf cart during a charity tournament, but he didn’t miss any driving time because of that injury.
Johnson is only the second NASCAR driver to ever win three consecutive titles. So next time you accidentally made mistakes, don’t be too hard on yourself. It really does happen to everyone.