IndyCar is Not the Only Thing Jimmie Johnson is Trying His Hand at After NASCAR

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February 18, 2021 11:00 pm

Now that Jimmie Johnson is no longer tied to NASCAR, he has free reign to do anything he wants. His latest project is the 2021 IndyCar season with Chip Ganassi Racing. Admittedly, the new season has yet to begin, and Johnson will have to wait for another couple of months for it.

So, to keep himself occupied before the season kicks off, Johnson is racing in different fields for the fun of it. Back in January, he competed in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Sadly, he missed out on a win, but he and his co-drivers managed to finish in a mighty respectable 2nd place.

This meant that he was the top NASCAR driver on the grid, with AJ Allmendinger as his closest rival in 4th place. Meanwhile, Rolex 24 debutant, Chase Elliott, could only muster 8th fastest, after encountering issues. Of course, the endurance race was not the only thing that Jimmie Johnson was doing.

What else was Jimmie Johnson up to after his NASCAR retirement?

Judging by his recent social media posts, the California native is enjoying other pursuits. Recently, he had some fun with friends in the snow and even tried his hand at piloting a drone. Suffice to say, he had a great time and handled it pretty expertly.

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – JULY 23: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, sit in his car prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Super Start Batteries 400 Presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts at Kansas Speedway on July 23, 2020 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

For now, Johnson is simply going to relax a little before he gets back in the grind. Obviously, switching from stock cars to open-wheel racing, is a massive leap. However, the NASCAR veteran will be keen to take up the IndyCar challenge.

It is worth noting that the 7-time Cup Series champion will race in all road course races. In addition to that, his contract with Chip Ganassi Racing lasts for two years. Of course, Jimmie Johnson will try and make the most of this opportunity to broaden his horizons and explore other fields.

Dhruv George

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. He has been an ardent follower of motorsports sport since 2001, holding Carlos Sainz Jr. and McLaren in high regard.

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