Best Options for Jimmie Johnson If He Decides to Run Select Races in the 2021 NASCAR Season

Published 11/24/2020, 10:13 AM EST
Richmond, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) races during the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

While Jimmie Johnson moves to the IndyCar Series next season, he will run there part-time. The NASCAR legend has signed up for 13 street and road course races there next year, which leaves him open to run select races in NASCAR in 2021. Just before his final race as a full-time NASCAR driver, Johnson also expressed his willingness to play some sort of role in NASCAR.

The season begins with the iconic Daytona 500. The race attracts all the attention every year, and Johnson would always be welcome there. Chip Ganassi Racing, the team that Johnson will run for in the IndyCar Series, fields two cars in NASCAR as well.

For Johnson to participate, they would require to field another car. However, given the fact that it is Johnson, it should not be too much of a problem for the team to make that extra effort and have a genuine shot at a Daytona 500 win.


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They could also some sort of assistance from Hendrick Motorsports if needed, as they would be more than happy to help their seven-time champion.

Nov 8, 2020; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson (48) pits during the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Could Jimmie Johnson run the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte?

Another race for Johnson could be the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Johnson boasts of an excellent record at Charlotte, and the Coca-Cola 600 is another iconic race on the annual NASCAR calendar.

The question most people would have after looking at the NASCAR and IndyCar schedules is that the Coca-Cola 600 clashes with the Indy 500, which is the most iconic race on the IndyCar Series calendar. However, Johnson made it clear that he will not run any oval races in the Indy Series next year, and that could certainly open the door for Johnson to race at Charlotte.

Will the highly anticipated Bristol dirt race attract Johnson’s attention?


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The dirt-race at the Bristol Motor Speedway is another key feature of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule. It does not make sense for Chip Ganassi Racing to prepare the car specifically for those conditions. However, Johnson could be excited to run a dirt race with his fellow Cup Series drivers. Maybe another team, one that fields many part-time cars, could host Johnson.

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 on November 20, 2016 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Everywhere Johnson went this year, he received wonderful tributes for his farewell race on the tracks. However, the only place that could not happen was at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Johnson tested positive for the coronavirus back then and missed the race. He might be motivated to have one final run there as well.


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Johnson’s fans would be waiting eagerly for any of these developments to come through. Meanwhile, the seven-time champion would primarily focus on his maiden stint in the IndyCar Series.


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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.