Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne compete in triathlon

Jimmie Johnson completes the swimming portion of the Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series (Scott Garrand/WCIV)
Jimmie Johnson completes the swimming portion of the Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series (Scott Garrand/WCIV)

Only hours after sweating it out at Daytona International Speedway in Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400, Hendrick Motorsports drivers Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne competed in a race of a different kind, taking part in a triathlon in Charleston South Carolina.

The event consisted of a 600 yard swim followed by a 12 mile bike ride, topped off by a 3.1 mile run. Johnson’s group was the first to start hitting the water just after 7:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

“I always wanted to do a tri. I’ve enjoyed swimming running and biking through the years and went online looking and saw there was an event that worked out with our Cup schedule, relatively speaking,” Johnson told local media. “I signed up, talked about 15 buddies into doing it…crew members fellow drivers…and here we are. I’m glad we did it. I didn’t get much sleep last night especially after racing and all but it was the perfect time to do it, and it was a lot of fun.”

Johnson finished the event with a time of one hour, 11 minutes and 57 seconds in seventh place for his age group. MORE>>>

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