Johnson says finger healing well

Updated: February 5, 2009, 1:20 PM ET
Associated Press

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Three-time reigning champion Jimmie Johnson said his cut finger is healing well, and he'll test several braces on his left hand when Daytona International Speedway opens on Friday.

Johnson was injured when he accidentally sliced his finger with a kitchen knife as he attempted to alter his uniform during last month's Rolex 24 sports car race. He had surgery to repair a tendon, and the stitches have been removed.

"We have two or three braces," he said Thursday during NASCAR's media day. "One's kind of extended in the most comfortable position and others that kind of wrap my hand around so I can easily grip the wheel."

He said the area is still swollen, but his grip is rapidly improving. The season-opening Daytona 500 is Feb. 15.

"Outside of it being a little clumsy and swollen, it's healing well," Johnson said. "I've broken more bones through the years racing motorcycles, falling off golf carts, cutting myself, whatever it may be. I am injury-prone."


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