Jimmie Johnson To IndyCars?

Jimmie Johnson

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will make his first foray in an indy car next month during an NTT IndyCar Series test at Barber Motorsports Park.

Johnson shared a pair of photos Wednesday from the inside of one of Arrow McLaren SP’s AMSP Dallara DW12 machines. When asked by a fan what he was doing, Johnson confirmed that he had an offer to test with the team at Barber in April.

After gaining an urge to explore other tours following an F1 ride-swap with Fernando Alonso and McLaren in 2018, Johnson showed up to January’s IndyCar Spring Training at Circuit of the Americas (COTA). He observed the day of testing with McLaren before presenting McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown with a helmet. 

Johnson is currently in the midst of his final full-time season in NASCAR’s top tour. He’s competed in the No. 48 Chevrolet since the start of the 2002 season, tallying seven titles for Hendrick Motorsports. With his NASCAR career winding down, the Californian has expressed interest in participating in forms of motorsport including IndyCar and sports car racing as part of a quest to cross off his “bucket list.” 

“INDYCAR has been something for me that as a kid growing up, I dreamed of racing,” Johnson told NBC SportsLeigh Diffey in a taped segment for a February episode of “NASCAR America”. “As a kid in Southern California, I went to the Long Beach Grand Prix. Rick Mears was my hero and like me, he came from off-road racing. It’s always been on my radar. My career took me to NASCAR. I have no clue what 2021 holds for me, but I’m open.

“If the right opportunity comes up, I would certainly consider it.”

IndyCar competitors have been open to the idea of Johnson competing. Scott Dixon told NBC Sports it was “good to see him in the paddock and try to do something” at COTA, and veteran Graham Rahal said it would be “tremendous” to have him competing, claiming it “would be an honor to race with him and against him.” 

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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