Jimmie Johnson has won the last three races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but he'll be acting this weekend as if he has never won there. "We go in to every weekend hoping to win, but so does every team out there," Johnson said. "I have every confidence in the equipment and the crew to get the job done, but anyone who's ever been to Vegas will tell you you've got to have some luck on your side, too. We won't take anything for granted."
Jimmie Johnson has won the last three races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but he'll be acting this weekend as if he has never won there. "We go in to every weekend hoping to win, but so does every team out there," Johnson said. "I have every confidence in the equipment and the crew to get the job done, but anyone who's ever been to Vegas will tell you you've got to have some luck on your side, too. We won't take anything for granted." Teams tested at Las Vegas a few weeks ago, and Johnson found out some interesting things about the track. "At the Vegas test, you could really attack with the car," he said. "It seemed like the track was getting a middle lane, if not an outside lane. So as we get into the weekend and all that activity on the track, I hope that the track really widens out. "I think it's going to be a better show for us to put on because we can really be aggressive with the cars. At California Speedway, there's not a lot of banking to tiptoe around, but at Vegas you can really charge." Streaking Tony Stewart will be going for his third Nationwide Series win this weekend at Las Vegas. He said the car he won with in California was just a great car. "You expect it with Joe Gibbs Racing," he said. "Every time I've been in one of their Nationwide Series cars, they've been unbelievably fast." Forward, Together The Champ Car/IndyCar merger is progressing along nicely. In fact, the Indianapolis Star reports there is a concern that there may be too many cars. The Star reports as many as 37 cars could be available to race on any given weekend, although some efforts will be part-time in nature. Two of Champ Car's 2008 races will be added to the IRL's current schedule - Edmonton and Surfer's Paradise. For next year's slate, any venue on either series' current schedule, plus others not on either schedule, will be considered. IndyCar also has purchased non-tangible assets of Champ Car, including intellectual property and historical records. Also, IndyCar will purchase Champ Car's excellent medical transporter. New Team Sarah Fisher announced Wednesday she will be forming her own team to compete in selected IndyCar Series races. "After reviewing a handful of options for the 2008 racing season, starting my own team was the best opportunity ... we had moving forward and really is the next step for me and my career," Fisher said. Plans are for the team to compete on a fulltime basis in 2009. Oh, Really? The headline on an Associated Press wire story proclaimed "Ferrari and McLaren emerge from test as 2008 title favorites." Wow, there's a surprise. Formula One teams completed their preseason testing recently at Barcelona in preparation for the season-opener at Melbourne, Australia, on March 16. Ferrari returns its team from last season, world champion Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa. McLaren returns second-year driver Lewis Hamilton, who nearly won an F1 championship as a rookie, and new teammate Heikki Kovalainen, who replaced Fernando Alonso. Alonso has returned to the Renault team. AP reported that the Super Aguri team may go to the first race without any testing at all. Checking It Out Seven-time AMA Flat Track champion Chris Carr visited the Indiana State Fairgrounds racetrack last week. The facility will serve as the site for the Lucas Oil Indy Mile Grand National on Sept. 13 in conjunction with the MotoGP race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There has not been an AMA race at that venue in nine years. Carr has raced at the track and said he is happy the series is returning. "Indy always was one of my favorite tracks," he said. "I look forward to spitting dirt at the fence there in September." Jane Miller is the Journal Star motorsports columnist. Write her at 1 News Plaza, Peoria, IL 61643, call (309) 686-3207 or e-mail email@example.com.