What Is NASCAR Great Jimmie Johnson’s Full Schedule for the 2021 IndyCar Series Season?

Published 04/16/2021, 11:00 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)


NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson begins his IndyCar Series 2021 campaign on Sunday, which is his first-ever race in the iconic series. Johnson will take to the race track at Barber Motorsports Park in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama in his first appearance for Chip Ganassi Racing.

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Johnson has signed up to drive 13 IndyCar races this season, all on the street and road courses. He made it clear that the oval races are not part of his plans in 2021, which rules out his participation in the historic Indy 500 race.

So how does Jimmie Johnson‘s IndyCar Series 2021 schedule look like?

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How does the 2021 schedule look like for Jimmie Johnson?

April 25, Sunday – After the Alabama season opener, Johnson will run the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. This race is next Sunday and the circuit comprises the streets of Downtown St. Petersburg.

May 15, Saturday – Johnson then has a bit of a rest, before taking on the road course at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the GMR Grand Prix.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 16: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, is introduced prior to the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

June 12-13, Saturday and Sunday – As mentioned, Johnson will not participate in the Indy500 on May 30th. So after a rather long break, Johnson will return for a ‘double-header weekend’ in Detroit for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Races 1 and 2. Both races will take place on Detroit’s Belle Isle.

June 20, Sunday – The next assignment comes at the famed Road America for the REV Group Grand Prix. The road course circuit, located between Milwaukee and Green Bay in Wisconsin, will also host Johnson’s former NASCAR competitors this season.

July 4, Sunday – The field then moves to Mid-Ohio for another road course race – the Honda Indy 200.

July 11, Sunday – Downtown Toronto then hosts the IndyCar drivers for the Honda Indy Toronto street course race.

August 8, Sunday – One of the most anticipated races this season is the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. Nashville, Tennessee will host Johnson and the rest of the field on the downtown street course.

August 14, Saturday – Johnson will then return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course for another race.

The final few races of Johnson’s 2021 IndyCar season

September 12, Sunday – The 45-year-old IndyCar rookie then skips an oval race. He will make his return for the Grand Prix of Portland, which is a road course race.

September 19, Sunday – Johnson’s next assignment is the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterrey. This road course race is at the iconic WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

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September 26, Sunday – The 7-time NASCAR Cup Series champion will then close out his season with the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. This race tackles the Long Beach street circuit.

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)

Johnson’s ‘childhood dream’ is finally about to be fulfilled. Taking on such a huge challenge at this stage says a lot about Johnson’s hunger to win more. His NASCAR fans will also closely follow these races as Johnson takes on this new challenge.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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