Gov. Ducey and Nascar Champ take to Phoenix streets

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PHOENIX (AP) -

Nascar driver Jimmie Johnson can do many things in a race car.

The 7-time champion needed high-level clearance to get his 48 Car on the streets of Phoenix with Governor Doug Ducey in the passenger seat.

Johnson spun his tires until his car was completely engulfed in smoke.

"This is fun and it's fast," said Governor Ducey. "You know, my detail doesn't drive like Jimmie"

Ducey proclaimed February 16th Jimmie Johnson day highlights major renovations to Phoenix International Raceway.

"I'm excited about the upgrades that are happening to the race track," says Johnson.  "I've won there 4 times and hope to make it 5."

Phoenix International Raceway will undergo a $178 million renovation.

The start and finish line will be moved to what is now Turn 1 in front of an updated grandstand.

Work began in February and will be completed in 2018.

The Nascar season starts in Daytona on Feb. 18.

Nascar returns to Phoenix on Sunday March 19 with the Camping World 500.

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