Click to view our fantastic subscription offers

Instant access to the F1 paddock

You have 10 views remaining

You have read 5 stories this month. After 15, you will need to register or subscribe.

Register with us for free to view 30 stories a month.

Or subscribe to AUTOSPORT+ for unlimited news stories and access to our exclusive subscriber-only content.

Our commitment to quality journalism

We've introduced metered access to AUTOSPORT which will ensure that the majority of our visitors can continue to view the site for free. But we think that is worth a small investment from those who use it most, so that we can continue to send the leading experts in their field to motor racing paddocks all over the world to break the latest news and produce the most compelling interviews and race reports.

Every visitor gets 15 free page views per month. Once you reach the limit you can register to get 30 views or choose one of our value-for-money subscription packages to continue viewing and to get additional access to a range of features including:

  • Unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Get AUTOSPORT magazine in a digital format on your computer or iPad every week
  • Full access to FORIX - the world's best motorsport statistics website

We greatly appreciate your continued support to keep AUTOSPORT at the forefront of motorsport coverage, and we look forward to welcoming you as a new subscriber.


Glenn Freeman
AUTOSPORT.com Editor

autosport.com
Search:
Find out more about our subscriptions
  AUTOSPORT+ LOGIN AUTOSPORT Plus  
Username:
Password:
NASCAR NEWS 

Jimmie Johnson admits feeling more relaxed now he is no longer NASCAR Sprint Cup champion

Jimmie JohnsonFive-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson says he is much more relaxed this season now that the pressure of maintaining his title streak is gone.

Johnson has bounced back from a tough start to his 2012 campaign to win two of the last three points-paying races, taking victories at Darlington and Dover, plus his third All-Star win at Charlotte last month.

No longer the reigning champion after winning the 2006-2010 titles, Johnson says his hunger for success has not changed relative to last year but admits to feeling more relaxed than he was 12 months ago.

"The hunger doesn't change, that's been there my whole life and even through last year and this year, that doesn't change any," said Johnson. "That desire is there, and when that desire fades I guess it's time to hang up the helmet.

"I feel less pressure than what we had last year. I sat up here and told everyone that I didn't feel a lot of pressure trying to keep the streak alive but once the streak was closed out and I couldn't keep it alive, I felt a lot different.

"So, looking back on it I was under a lot of pressure and I don't have that pressure right now.

"One, we've been very fast and have fast race cars and won a few races this year here recently. So, that helps too. The pressure of trying to keep that streak alive was greater than I ever thought it was."

The Hendrick Motorsports driver is currently fifth in the drivers' standing despite two non-finishes, and his two wins have put him in a good position for his Chase prospects. The 36-year-old has also led nearly 19 per cent of the laps raced this year.

Subs
  More news  
    advertisement
  RELATED LINKS
Read the AUTOSPORT Digital Edition
Visit the autosport.com shop
See highlights from 60 years of AUTOSPORT
Haymarket