Johnson tells Letterman that penalty wasn't that bad
November 25, 2006 8:41pm CST
David Letterman's idea of cheating is apparently much more severe than Jimmie Johnson's. Johnson appeared on the "Late Show with David Letterman," on Tuesday night, and the host grilled NASCAR's new champion about a penalty his team incurred before the season opening race. Johnson's crew chief, Chad Knaus, was fined $25,000 and suspended for four races for making an illegal modifications to Johnson's car during preparation for the Daytona 500. "They had like a rocket in your car or something," Letterman said. "They actually found, did they find a rocket, a jet engine or something in your automobile?" "If we could hide it in there, that would be amazing," Johnson said. "That'd be perfect." It wasn't quite that extreme. The rear window of Johnson's car had been altered during time trials to change its aerodynamics. Johnson ended up winning the race in a legal car -- which NASCAR is now displaying in its Daytona museum until February. "Tell them to mind their own business," Letterman said. "And then after you win the Daytona 500, they get the car, don't they?" "They do," Johnson said. "It's been in Daytona USA." "Do you ever get that back?" Letterman asked. Said Johnson: "We get that back, I think the day of the Daytona 500 in '07. So the winner of the event, their car will go in and ours will go out."