Newman set a NASCAR track record in knocking Johnson off the pole in qualifying. He got him again Sunday and won by 2.657 seconds.
Johnson and Knaus are the longest active crew chief and driver pairing in NASCAR and have shown no signs of letting up. Johnson still has four victories and holds a 75-point lead over Clint Bowyer for first in the standings.
With a fifth win at the Brickyard, Johnson would have made history.
Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon have each won four times at Indianapolis. A.J Foyt, Rick Mears and Al Unser won four Indianapolis 500s. Johnson tried to join Michael Schumacher as a five-time winner at the track. Schumacher won his five F1 races on Indy’s road course configuration.
Johnson won in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2012 at the Brickyard. He’ll have to wait another year in his drive for five.
The wait will only seem as long as his pit stop.
“Being four time isn’t all that bad,” Johnson said. “I can leave with a smile on my face. We’ll try and come back next year, do it again.”