Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson will stay behind the wheel of the No. 48 Carvana Chip Ganassi Racing Honda during practice today for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach despite suffering a hand fracture in a crash during practice Friday.

Johnson is cleared to practice by the INDYCAR medical team and is fitted with a special carbon fiber splint for the 45-minute session, which starts at 11:45 a.m. (ET) on the legendary 11-turn, 1.968-mile temporary street circuit.

“It’s really just take it how it comes from here,” Johnson said on Twitter. “I’m working with the team to make sure my cockpit is as comfortable as it can be. I feel very good about things now and am willing to try practice, but I really won’t know until I’m out there in the practice session and feel the demands of the race car to know if I can go further and into the race.”

NTT P1 Award qualifying is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. (ET) today. The 85-lap race is scheduled for 3 p.m. (ET) Sunday.

Johnson’s car bottomed while crossing a curb on the inside of Turn 5, launching his car nose-first into the tire barrier 27 minutes into practice Friday.