Gordon and Johnson Disappointed in Each Other

As Jeff Gordon was caught in the multi-car crash with 17 laps to go and didn't manage to finish the Samsung Mobile 500 race on Monday, disappointment is the word of the day for the Hendrick Motorsports. But not necessarily with the results of the race, nor with the crash itself, but with his teammate, Jimmie Johnson.

During lap 241, as the two were running against each other for the second place, they got mnore and more aggressive against one another. Gordon got very close to Johnson's rear bumper, trying to overtake him on the inside. Johnson fought back and hit Gordon's right-side. As a result, Johnson had to pit for a new left front tire.

"He ran in to the back of me for no reason," Gordon said according to Autosport. "Then later he got out ahead of me after a pitstop or on a restart. He was just too loose. He wasn't fast enough and my car was just so good I could just get right to his bumper and he got loose."

"I guess he thought I was being too aggressive. I don't know, he just drove into my door. It ended up costing him. When you have a race car like that, you don't have team-mates and friends out there and race hard. That is what Jimmie has had. I am disappointed."

On the other hand, Johnson says this kind of thing happens in racing, even between teammates.

"There are just times where you're irritated by racing with other guys. You know, Jeff and I have been racing hard against each other for wins for a long time. We've had this issue in the past, so I really don't see it being a big deal," the reigning champion said.

"I guess he got out and said he was disappointed. So since I have my chance I can equally say I was pretty disappointed with him today. We'll sit down and get it talked out."

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