New IndyCar driver Jimmie Johnson playfully gives ‘the boot’ to NASCAR firesuit fashion

On the list of myriad customizations - PS! Downforce! Brakes! - Facing Jimmie Johnson on moving from NASCAR to IndyCar, who had the boot cut as the most controversial?
This weekend, however, it was style over speed after Johnson unveiled his new fire suit for the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series.
Chip Ganassi Racing's driver of the No. 48 Dallara Honda on 13 street and street courses wore the figure-hugging, straight-leg uniform preferred by IndyCar and IMSA sports car drivers instead of the loose trunk cut popular in NASCAR.
Johnson took the good-natured ribs on social media when Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer were among the playful critics of the seven-time Cup Series champion who viewed his new single-seater digs as a fashion gaffe.
Seriously?! You dealer !! You didn't bring the Boot Cut to INDYCAR? A shame a shame
- Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) February 26, 2021
According to a story by Jordan Bianchi in The Athletic, Busch took the boot cut seriously when he debuted his Rolex 24 2020 at the Daytona debut. While adapting in many ways from his Toyota Camry No. 18 to the Lexus RC-F GT3 No. 14, the two-time Cup champion drew a line in the sand of his clothing.
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"The other boys looked like they were wearing something that they were preparing for a flood - they looked like underwear, long johns," Busch told Bianchi. “Where mine look like pants. I have the regular boot cut on my NASCAR-style fire suit. Yours are all wrong; mine is right. "
In the more spacious cockpits of production cars, there is more space for a baggy, flowing uniform that can actually swallow a driver's shoes.
Such a luxury is not offered in IndyCar for practical reasons. As Graham Rahal tweeted, any additional material can interfere with manipulation of the pedals, which are essential for generating speed.
I've had both, when driving cars with the wheels open, the cut through the trunk could get annoying with you positioned in the cars.
No doubt the NASCAR style is cooler than
- Parker Kligerman (@pkligerman) February 27, 2021
All of this made for a light-hearted and enjoyable change, with IndyCar still idling after the original season opener in St. Petersburg, Florida, and being postponed for more than a month. The April 18 race at NBC's Barber Motorsports Park will open the curtain for the 2021 season, but there will be preseason media and testing this month and next - including a multi-day session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
That could also bring us the next "debate" started by Johnson, who fiendishly remarked that NASCAR slang "tight" and "loose" falls by the wayside even in his big stride.
Just wait for us to cross the under / oversteer bridge. @KyleBusch @chaseelliott @ClintBowyer
- Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) February 27, 2021
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) February 27, 2021
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