In name only: ‘Tribute’ car to Jimmie Johnson falls short


If you’re going to take the time to sell a “tribute” car, you might want to double-check every last detail.

Especially the driver’s name on the car listing – the significance of which we’ll get back to in a moment.

Our buddy Tom Jensen, of, has a great tale to tell about a “tribute” car that resembles the kind of race car Jimmie Johnson drove to his third of six eventual Sprint Cup championships in 2008.

The car looks good, don’t get us wrong, although to the trained eye, you can tell it’s not the right stuff – as in a genuine and legitimate Johnson/Hendrick Motorsports car.

So as Jensen tells the tale, this car was sold last year at the Barrett Jackson auction in Las Vegas for $25,300.

It came back up for auction at this week’s Barrett Jackson auction in Phoenix on Wednesday – and sold for half the price: $12,650.

Ouch, now that’s a price cut.

Of course, the car was marked as a “re-creation” in the auction catalog, so that folks intent on potentially bidding would realize that Johnson had never raced this faux No. 48 in a Cup race.

Which brings us back to the little detail about Johnson’s name on the auction listing in the catalog.

If you’re going to sell a “re-creation” tribute car, it would help if you spelled Johnson’s first name the right way — as in “Jimmie”.

As opposed to what was in the catalog, aka “Jimmy.”

Something tells us if the seller had it right, he very well may have made a few more extra bucks in the long run.

Just like in journalism, sometimes car auction listings need copy editors, too.

Click here to check out Jensen’s great story.

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Scott Dixon fastest on the second day of Indianapolis 500 practice

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Scott Dixon was fastest on the second day of Indy 500 practice Thursday, turning a lap at 226.102 mph in his No. 9 Dallara-Honda at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Takuma Sato was second, followed by Marco Andretti, Conor Daly and rookie Alex Palou.

The rest of the top 10 were: Colton Herta, Charlie Kimball, James Hinchcliffe, Fernando Alonso and James Davison.

THURSDAY PRACTICE: Click here for Day 2 speeds at Indianapolis

COMBINED SPEEDS: Click here for the overall speeds from the first two days

The session had one incident as Alonso crashed with just less than an hour left in the session. The Arrow McLaren SP driver was optimistic that the car could be repaired without a backup.

Among the other notables on the speed chart Thursday: Ryan Hunter-Reay (11th); Tony Kanaan (14th); Helio Castroneves (16th); Josef Newgarden (18th); Graham Rahal (19th); Will Power (23rd); Alexander Rossi (26th) and defending race winner Simon Pagenaud (27th).

Felix Rosenqvist (24th) and rookie Dalton Kellett turned the most laps (141) around the 2.5-mile oval.

Teams mostly focused on race setup Thursday as they will receive 80 extra horsepower in the “Fast Friday” practice that will feature speeds above 230 mph for qualifying Saturday and Sunday.

The Indy 500 will take place Aug. 23; coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on NBC with the green flag at 2:30 p.m.

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