Join HendrickMotorsports.com this week for a look back on Hendrick Motorsports’ eight Brickyard 400 victories. This fifth installment, courtesy of NASCAR, shares highlights from the inaugural event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
2006 recap: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, earned his first Brickyard 400 win on Aug. 6, 2006, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In his fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup start at the 2.5-mile speedway, Johnson lined up fifth and was running inside the top four when he blew a left-front tire on Lap 40. The issue led to an unscheduled pit stop and dropped Johnson to 39th in the running order. When the field reset, Johnson rallied and was running eighth within the next 40 circuits. Johnson reclaimed the lead on Lap 117 and maintained his footing inside the top three as the race wound down. On Lap 151, he won the lead back from Kyle Busch and paced the field for the final nine laps to win the Brickyard 400.
“To come through an entire field and work our way up to the front and win, that was a tough day’s work and to get it done in one of our biggest races was cool,” Jimmie Johnson said after the race.
With the victory, Johnson became the second driver to win the Brickyard 400 and Daytona 500 in the same year. The victory also marked the fifth Brickyard 400 win for team owner Rick Hendrick and Hendrick Motorsports.
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