Dale Earnhardt Jr. & JIMMIE JOhnson
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Q. What have you been up to these last couple of years?
After I stepped down from Formula One in 2011 I took different roads. I still kept myself linked to F1 as a test driver, but I found it difficult to stand on the sidelines and watch races. So I kept myself busy by doing a few races in the WEC series, competing in LMP2 with Lotus, and then a series I really enjoyed, Superstars (saloon cars), where I raced with Mercedes and against good names like Mika Salo, Johnny Herbert and other ex-F1 drivers. Now this season I have a new adventure in Japan with Honda where I will compete in the Super GT and Super Formula series.
Q. You’ve raced there before: do you have fond memories of Japan?
I love Japan. I love the culture, the cities and the emphasis on technology. I used to go there when I was 15 years old with karting, and I won a world cup in Suzuka in 1999. I love the passion that the people put into motorsports; the races have so many spectators: 80 to 90,000. This is why I think it will be an interesting season for me.