NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson got his first taste of Daytona Prototype racing yesterday [Saturday] when he got behind the wheel of the Howard-Boss Motorsports #4 Boss Snowplows Chevrolet Crawford Daytona Prototype.

Johnson was able to get in his first few laps just before the morning session was chequered.

"It was good. I think I made two laps. I spun out on my second one. I didn't hit anything. I got [the spin] out of the way. It's a totally different vehicle to be in. I'm going to have a lot of fun with it. I'm really looking forward to it. It's the first time meeting a lot of the drivers I'm teamed up with. It's going to be a great experience," said the driver of the #48 Lowe's Home Improvement Chevrolet in the NEXTEL Cup Series.

"I've always wanted to compete in it [the Rolex 24 At Daytona]. I didn't realise I was going to have a chance to compete at such a great level with the Crawford group and the Daytona Prototype class. Through the holidays, it's been the first thing I've been thinking about. I know Daytona is coming for us in the Cup car, but my first race is going to be the Rolex race. When I wake up each morning and think of race cars, I've been thinking of that race and nothing else," Johnson continued.

"It's just for fun. It's obviously a serious effort. They [Howard-Boss Motorsports] want to win the race. For me, it's a great way to work out all the rust out of my head and get all my hand and eye coordination working proper. It's a great way for me to knock off the rust and have some fun," he added.

In addition to Johnson, NEXTEL Cup drivers Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are expected to be on hand for pre-season testing this weekend, piloting the Howard-Boss Motorsports #2 Chevrolet Crawford.

Steve Park has also been in discussions with Schuitemaker Motorsports about testing the Grand-Am Cup Series team's #35 Nissan 350Z this weekend.



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