NASCAR community including Chase Elliott reacts as Jimmie Johnson teams up with Herta to shock F1 duo at Race of Champions

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Previously, the annual race of champions had ended with victory for Team Norway. However, the big story was Team USA’s assault on a strong 2nd place finish ahead of Team Finland. To make matters even more impressive, the pair of Jimmie Johnson and Colton Herta stunned the overwhelming favorites from Germany.

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The duo faced a star-studded line-up of Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher. It was pretty much a big win for IndyCar over its global counterpart, Formula 1.

The original couple for Team USA was Jimmie Johnson and Travis Pastrana. However, Pastrana got injured, so Herta was given the nod to take his place.

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Naturally, many members of the NASCAR and IndyCar community were Nice To Meet You after this result.

Among the many well-wishers was Johnson’s former teammate Chase Elliott. The 2020 Cup Series champion said it was “great” that both drivers achieved the feat. Meanwhile, fellow IndyCar driver Devlin DeFrancesco pitched the idea of ​​Team Canada with James Hinchcliffe as his teammate.

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Jimmie Johnson prepares for the real test

Now that the team competition is over, the next day will see the individual confrontation. This time it’s every man for himself. In other words, Johnson and Herta may have been teammates now, but they will be rivals tomorrow. Last time it was Sweden’s Timmy Hansen who won the individual competition. Meanwhile, the Franco-British All-Stars pair of James Baldwin and Romain Grosjean won the Tag Team Championship.

AVONDALE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 08: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Chevrolet Ally, takes the stage during pre-race ceremonies ahead of the NASCAR Cup Series 500 Season Finale at Phoenix Raceway on November 08, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. Jimmie Johnson is expected to retire from full-time NASCAR racing after 2020. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

There was no race in 2021, but now there is a chance to make history at the Race of Champions. Indeed, whoever wins will have the honor of being the first driver to win on ice and snow. Of course, in individual competition, the F1 pair of Vettel and Schumacher will seek revenge. So the big question is who will win between F1 and IndyCar? Or will the other suitors try to spoil the party? To be fair, the snow and ice surface can benefit rally drivers, but just about anything can happen.

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