CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Five-time defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has spoken to many IndyCar drivers about his belief that the series should not be racing on ovals.
Two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon was killed in a 15-car accident Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. When asked the next day about the accident, Johnson said ovals were not safe for IndyCars and the series should abandon them.
His comment led to an angry backlash from fans who believed Johnson has no business weighing in on another series.
Johnson says he should have clarified he meant high-banked ovals, adding the drivers he spoke with Wednesday supported his comments.

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