The Indianapolis Star

The Indianapolis Star (July 27, 2013)

We all know Jimmie Johnson is good. He is a five-time champion. But five-time is especially good at the crown jewel races in NASCAR, including this week's stop the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He has won the Brickyard 400 four times.

"In my heart I feel like I can come here and win," said Johnson. "So that's pressure I put on myself. With how we've been performing and our history here, I feel like we've got a shot."

I'd say, The 48 team is running so well right now. They have a 56 point lead in the standings. Which means they could watch this week at Indianapolis, second place Clint Bowyer could win and lead the most laps, and Johnson would still walk out of Indianapolis with an eight point lead. Not that they will do that, but wow, it really is incredible.

"It's an honor for have the teams and the media pay attention and say that we are the one to beat," said Johnson. "I think we have a winning car."

JJ's teammate Jeff Gordon also knows a little something about winning at Indianapolis. The 24 also has four Brickyard wins, though the last came in 2004. Tony Stewart is the only other driver will multiple Indy wins, he has two. Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurrary, Bobby Labonte and Paul Menard each have single wins.

"It's quite the place to win," said Harvick. "I'm not sure exactly why we run so well at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but it's a good track to perform well and we've done so throughout the years. Hopefully we can do the same thing this time around because it's a fun race to win."