Jimmie Johnson Explains Why He Doesn’t Regret Skipping Ovals in his Debut IndyCar Season

Published 10/07/2021, 3:08 PM EDT
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 08: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, sits in his car prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Season Finale 500 at Phoenix Raceway on November 08, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


Jimmie Johnson has officially wrapped up his maiden season in the IndyCar Series. As per his contract, he is expected to race on road course layouts, and skipping oval tracks. In conversation with Jenna Fryer, he confessed that he has no regrets about his decision. However, he did admit that going full-time would have been an easier path for him.

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Nevertheless, he insisted that he had to go through with his plan to get comfortable. Earlier, Johnson revealed that he has some plans to try and compete in the Indianapolis 500 next year. According to the 7-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, things were looking up for his chances of making that happen.

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Of course, he acknowledged that nothing is set in stone, and there are still talks going on. For the moment, the driver will be concentrating on the 2022 season and the next set of races in his stipulated contract. Once again, Jimmie Johnson will be competing in road course races. However, whether he and the team will squeeze in a couple of oval races, is anybody’s guess.

What lies in the future for Jimmie Johnson?

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On another interesting note, Johnson revealed that he also entertained the thought of a NASCAR return. Of course, this would only be on a part-time basis, if a deal does materialize.

Reports suggested that the former Hendrick Motorsports star was in talks with a few teams in order to obtain a drive. However, there is a big question about his schedule, because he will have his hands full with the IndyCar and IMSA series.

Apr 18, 2021; Birmingham, Alabama, USA; Indy driver Jimmie Johnson (48) at Barber Motorsports Park. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Once his 2022 IndyCar season gets underway, Jimmie Johnson will definitely be in negotiations for a new contract. Whether that fresh contract will let him compete in ovals, is a completely different kettle of fish. Until then, Johnson will be enjoying himself in his post-NASCAR life.

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