Jimmie Johnson Reacts to NASCAR’s Justin Marks, Superstar Justin Timberlake’s Involvement in IndyCar’s Music City GP

Published 02/05/2021, 8:30 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 08: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


The IndyCar Series begins in late April, but Jimmie Johnson has his excitement reserved for one particular race in August. One of the most cherished events in ‘Music City Grand Prix’ will be taking place over the August 6-8 2021 weekend.

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Recently, NASCAR team owner Justin Marks and renowned singing celebrity Justin Timberlake joined the ownership group for the popular racing event in Nashville. The former also took to Twitter to share the update and welcome Timberlake to the group.

Marks wrote, “Welcome @jtimberlake – we got an amazing ownership group for the @MusicCityGP – going to be an incredible can’t-miss race event.” To this, Jimmie responded, “Can it be August already!?”

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Johnson attended Justin Timberlake’s concert back in 2019

A slew of NASCAR’s biggest stars like Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, and of course, Jimmie Johnson had all attended Timberlake’s show in Charlotte in 2019. The seven-time Cup Series champion also had a photo clicked with the singing sensation to capture a memory of the day.

Considering Timberlake has now joined the ownership of the Music City Grand Prix, Johnson would be briefly reunited with him. Rest assured, there will be fireworks and glamor on and off the track in Nashville!

Jimmie Johnson will start off his ‘rookie season’ in the IndyCar series

Having signed a two-year deal, the former Hendrick Motorsports No.48 will embark on a new chapter in the open-wheel racing league. Recently, Johnson had also attended an official testing session with Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) to get a sense of his new machinery.

HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 20: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, poses for a portrait after winning the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)

After spending 19 seasons in the Cup Series, moving to IndyCar will certainly present its own set of challenges. Transitioning into a new division means fully understanding the specifics of the car, team, and format that revolve around it.

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However, Johnson also has the reputation of being a quick learner. Just last week, the NASCAR legend completed the 24 Hours of Daytona, finishing second in his class and collecting a podium.

His attention will now move towards further training and testing sessions with CGR, as he prepares to enter IndyCar with a sense of fresh optimism.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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