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There is a point, of course, when `a rush’ becomes fear.

“We feel it. In this generation of driver, racing safety measures have taken off a huge portion of that,” Johnson said. “Where we come to a racetrack knowing that our cars are designed for this and the walls are safe and we have the proper safety gear inside. When you are in the car, there’s moments your senses tell you where your car is and if you can push harder or not. If you are lucky enough to feel the uncomfortable balance before it takes off, you can scare yourself a few times prior to crashing.

“If you don’t feel it or it happens too quickly, usually when you are sideways is when the fear hits you.”