Drivers Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth have taken a biking trip together. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 in Martinsville may be near, but that hasn’t stopped Johnson and Kenseth from taking on a little bike trip for 130 miles from Asheville, North Carolina to Charlotte alongside a full-fledged peloton of cyclists.
The biking trip is part of a four-day event known as Ride On Atlanta, a 400-mile trek that aims to raise money and awareness to the non-profit PeopleForBikes organization. As for how both men fared, it looks like Kenseth enjoyed his time on the bike.
“What I like about mountain biking is that when you’re really, really tired, you’ve still got to pay a lot of attention because there’s still going to be a rock or a root or a jump or an obstacle of some sort,” he explained. Meanwhile, Johnson, a triathlete, remarked that Kenseth was actually a quick study.
“I’ve been impressed with his (Kenseth) bike-handling skills,” he admitted.
Meanwhile, Chip Ganassi Racing and the entire NASCAR community is mourning the loss of No. 42 Chevrolet NASCAR Xfinity Series car chief Ryan Shea. He died Wednesday night in his home in Trouthman, North Carolina. He was 34.
Following his death, Chip Ganassi Racing crew chief Mike Shiplett said, “Ryan was a tremendous asset to Chip Ganassi Racing and the No. 42 team and will be sorely missed.” Shea is survived by his wife and children.
This weekend, the drivers will be in Martinsville Speedway for Sunday’s STP 500 race. Practice and qualifying for the both the Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series start Friday.