Jimmie Johnson Has a Bold Reply to Indy 500 Question

Published 12/24/2021, 1:17 AM EST
Apr 18, 2021; Birmingham, Alabama, USA; Indy driver Jimmie Johnson (48) at Barber Motorsports Park. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports


For the 2022 IndyCar season, Jimmie Johnson will be competing on a full-time basis. With the experience of a few races now under his belt, the NASCAR legend will be ‘fired up’ to compete and win. What better way to kick off his maiden full-time IndyCar campaign than getting a win or two.

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Last year, he competed only in the road course races, with a best finish of 17th in the final two races. Now, he will be hoping to improve on his performances for Chip Ganassi Racing; especially considering that his teammate Alex Palou is the reigning champion.

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There are several contenders in 2022; Johnson is one of them, along with the likes of Takuma Sato, Romain Grosjean and Alexander Rossi. There are also drivers like Colton Herta, Felix Rosenqvist, Simon Pagenaud, Jack Harvey, and Scott McLaughlin, who are perfectly capable of winning. Johnson has to be on his toes if he wants to have any chance of winning.

This is a perfect chance for Jimmie Johnson to gun for an Indy 500 win

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Winning the Indy 500 is an honor for just about any driver, and there is a reason why it is part of the Motorsport triple crown. With Johnson taking part in the full season, a golden opportunity has arisen. On paper, he is driving one of the best cars, especially since his own teammate is the reigning champion.

Apr 25, 2021; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; IndyCar Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) races at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Admittedly, Jimmie Johnson will not have it easy, especially with the above-mentioned drivers. A few of them have already won the Indy 500, like Sato. Furthermore, testing has not exactly shown where he is in the pecking order. In addition to that, one of his other teammates, Scott Dixon, is also a champion.

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When he made his debut earlier this year, nobody was expecting any miracles from the veteran driver. Now that he has some mileage and has somewhat adjusted to IndyCar life, he should be a little more competitive. What are your predictions for Jimmie Johnson for the next season?

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author 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.

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