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NASCAR champ Johnson set for Daytona.


Reigning Nextel Cup champion Jimmie Johnson will make his second Daytona Prototype appearance of 2007, having agreed to co-drive with Marc Goossens in the Brumos Porsche 250 this Thursday.

Johnson teamed up with Goossens and #91 Riley-Matthews Motorsports owner Jim Mathews in the Lowe's Pontiac Riley at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in February, qualifying third but having to settle for 36th overall in the race. Convinced that the car has more potential that they were allowed to show in the season-opener, Johnson and the team expect a better result in this week's two-hour 45-minute sprint.

"At the 24 Hours we ran up front and ran really strong,” the Lowe's Chevrolet driver said. “But we had a problem that unfortunately put us behind and then, finally, put us out of the race. This time, I'll just be running with Marc Goossens, but I have the honour of qualifying the car and starting the race, and I'm really excited about those two things. Marc will get in and drive to the finish and, hopefully, we can get a win for them – or at least run up front."

One of the concerns for Johnson is the lack of seat time he has had in preparation for the event as his NASCAR schedule has taken precedence.

“I did a lot of testing to get ready for the 24 Hours,” he said, “I was supposed to test down in Florida last week, but it rained and the test was cancelled. I've been trying to get seat time but, with the Nextel Cup schedule, weather issues, and the scheduling that Riley has had to get the car prepared, I haven't been able to test for this race. But that's okay - I'm excited and ready to go!"


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