Driver Jimmie Johnson tries to shift with pliers
Jimmie Johnson's shifter broke during Sunday's Pure Michigan 400, so he had to find a new way to change gears.
When the six-time series champion hit pit road, a member of his crew handed him a pair of pliers and a vice grip, according to Yahoo Sports' Nick Bromberg.
Johnson couldn't get the vice grip on the shifter handle, and he inevitably had to pit again so he could get it fixed. He lost a lap during the fix but recovered to finish ninth.
Jeff Gordon took the checkered flag.
"Multiple attempts," Johnson said about trying to get the pliers on. "[The crew] handed me some tools and I didn't have success trying to get that fixed. They had some contraption with a vice grip to try to figure that out and it fell off before I even got back to pit in under caution. So once I could get the wire tie busted and get the boot down I could see what was wrong and we were kind of able to adjust from there and [car chief] Ron Malec dove in the right side window and got it sorted out."
Johnson and Ryan Newman had a discussion after the race regarding some on-track contact in the late laps, Bromberg reports.
- Chris Mascaro