Gordon Johncock said Indy-car racing isn't "any fun any more" and announced his retirement yesterday, the eve of qualifications for what would have been his 21st consecutive Indianapolis 500.
"For 30 years, I've been in this business," the two-time Indy winner said. "I just think I'm ready to settle down on the ranch and maybe watch (racing) on TV.
"It's just to the point where it's not any fun any more," Johnson, 48, said. "I've been thinking about it this week, and I made the decision this morning."
The highlight of his career, he said, came when he beat Rick Mears by 16 one-hundredths of a second to win the 1982 Indy 500 -- the closest finish in the history of the event. He also won the Indianapolis 500 in 1973 . . .
Mario Andretti recorded the fastest speed ever (215.6 mph) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Friday -- the fourth straight day the feat has been accomplished . . .
Herm Johnson was reported in serious but stable condition with chest injuries and a broken right arm after he crashed while practicing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Johnson, 32, from Eau Claire, Wis., had been running laps at more than 208 mph when his car skidded heading into the first turn of the 2.5-mile oval. It careered 400 feet, spun once, then slammed against the concrete wall with its right rear and side.