REPORTS: Jimmie Johnson Set for Sensational NASCAR Return in 2022

Published 10/02/2021, 9:15 AM EDT
AUSTIN, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 11: NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson attends NTT IndyCar Series testing at Circuit of The Americas on February 11, 2020 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


At the end of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, Jimmie Johnson retired from the stock car scene. From there, he moved to the IndyCar Series and has just completed his debut season. In what comes as delightful news for his fans, the 46-year-old could be on track to make a return to the NASCAR arena.

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According to some reports, Johnson has been in talks with a few teams with regards to a drive. However, there is a big question about whether he will return on a full-time basis or in a one-off appearance. This is mostly because he will likely have his hands full with the IndyCar and IMSA series.

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Already, the 2022 IndyCar and the IMSA Sportscar calendar has been released. So, the driver will have to plan his schedule carefully to avoid any clash, especially if he wants to squeeze in NASCAR. As per Johnson’s IndyCar contract, he is participating in all road course races, which make up most of the 2022 calendar.

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What next for NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson?

Quite recently, the seven-time Cup Series champion expressed his desire to compete in the Indianapolis 500. The driver revealed that the situation is looking good for him, though there are still a few details to iron out. Whether this dream will become a reality, it anybody’s guess, but Jimmie Johnson is definitely pushing for it.

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – OCTOBER 18: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, poses with his helmet prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 18, 2020 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Of course, if Johnson manages to snatch a Cup Series seat, there will be the issue of sponsors. Then again, which sponsor would be foolish enough to not back a 7-time Cup Series champion? On a different note, if he does come back to the stock car scene, some will wonder whether he will be in contention for wins. To be perfectly honest, it has been a while since Johnson last visited Victory Lane. In fact, his last win came at the Dover International Speedway in 2017.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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