Jimmie Johnson Shuts Down Rumours of Only Running in Ovals for the 2023 IndyCar Season

Published 06/22/2022, 6:30 AM EDT
May 27, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; IndyCar Series driver Jimmie Johnson during Carb Day practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

We are currently in the midst of the 2022 IndyCar Season and Jimmie Johnson has had a tough campaign. However, some rumors have emerged that he could be switching back to a part-time schedule. The only difference was that he would compete in just the oval races. This was a stark contrast to last year when he only competed in road course races.

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However, the driver has insisted that there have been no plans on the table just yet. According to the 7-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, he has not had any discussions.

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Admittedly, since IndyCar is still in the middle of the season, there is time to think about his future. For now, Jimmie Johnson simply wants to focus on the rest of the season.

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As mentioned before, he has often struggled this season, barely breaking into the Top 20. However, he did record a career-best 6th place at the Texas Motor Speedway. Fortunately for him, he has plenty of time to turn things around with eight races left on the calendar. However, the NASCAR veteran knows that he needs to dig deep in order to convince Chip Ganassi Racing to give him a contract.

May 27, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Chip Ganassi Racing driver Jimmie Johnson (48) talks with someone in his pit before carb day practice for the 106th Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

The next race in the 2022 IndyCar season is at Mid-Ohio, which is a road course. Admittedly, Johnson has struggled at road courses, but he needs to adapt since most of the races are on road courses. The only other ovals on the calendar are the Iowa Speedway and the World Wide Technology Raceway. Iowa is actually hosting a double-header, so Johnson has three cracks at an oval track.

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It is also interesting to note that he has expressed interest in racing at Le Mans. With Hendrick Motorsports also having their Garage 56 program, this perfectly aligns for the #48 driver. However, getting a seat is easier said than done, as the current Hendrick Motorsports drivers could be a higher priority.

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author 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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