After capturing his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in 2013, Jimmie Johnson was set on earning a record-tying seventh crown in 2014.
But instead of making history, Johnson and his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team were unable to hold on to their dominant form. They scored four wins in the spring, but a rough summer ultimately led to a second-round exit in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
When Johnson recalled what went wrong in 2014 to NASCAR AMERICA’s Dave Burns, he noted that several hallmarks of the No. 48’s previous titles were missing.
“There are some things I’m not so proud and [crew chief] Chad [Knaus] is not so proud of,” Johnson said. “The lack of team unity, the lack of a team performing in harmony as we should – those were all strong suits of the 48 and those were the things that led us to our championships…People tried to mimic what we had and what we did.
“We didn’t do that last year and I truly feel within that is where the performance comes.”
For more on Johnson’s thoughts about the upcoming 2015 season, the retirement of Jeff Gordon, and his own “indicators” for when he’ll consider hanging up his helmet, check out his full interview with Burns at the top.