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Jimmie Johnson Has a “Pretty Steep Hill” to Climb in IndyCar Series, Believes 6-Time Champion Scott Dixon

Jimmie Johnson Has a “Pretty Steep Hill” to Climb in IndyCar Series, Believes 6-Time Champion Scott Dixon

As Jimmie Johnson nears the end of his NASCAR career, the closer he gets to his IndyCar Series debut. Earlier this week, Johnson took another major step in that direction when he announced the sponsor for the No. 48 Indy car next week.

He is set to team up with Scott Dixon in 2021, who won his sixth IndyCar title on Sunday and spoke about the impact of Johnson’s inclusion in the Series next year.

Dixon feels the addition of a driver of Johnson’s stature is big for the IndyCar Series. “Yeah, I think it’s big for the NTT INDYCAR Series. Jimmie is a seven-time NASCAR champion,” Dixon expressed.

Scott Dixon throws light on the challenge for Jimmie Johnson

At the same time, he highlighted the challenge ahead for Johnson. The NASCAR great even attended a recent IndyCar race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He was in the Chip Ganassi Racing pit box and watched the action from close quarters. Dixon feels the experience and a few others Johnson witnessed, gave him a good idea of how intense the competition is.

Jimmie Johnson races during the NASCAR Cup Series race at the Charlotte Roval
Oct 11, 2020; Concord, North Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) races during the Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

He’s definitely coming over to go up a pretty steep hill. It’s definitely tough. I think he’s starting to see. He came to Indy GP, been to a few races this year. I think he’s starting to see how tight the competition is, how one little mistake can have you fall five, six, seven spots,” Dixon said of the same.

Johnson plans to run a combination of road courses and street courses for the next year. Dixon feels if his future teammate would have run races on ovals, it would have been more comfortable for Johnson.

On the transition that Johnson will experience

It’s definitely going to be a tough transition. I think obviously if he had done ovals, it’s would have been a bit more of a sweet spot for him. That’s obviously not the case,” Dixon added. However, Johnson loves challenges and he is not a stranger to exceeding expectations.

Jimmie Johnson in action in NASCAR Cup Series
Sep 12, 2020; 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

Dixon also added that the new sponsorship opportunities Johnson brings along are also huge for the sport. “I think it’s huge for the sport. Excited to hopefully hear a couple other announcements here in the next couple weeks, as well.”

Johnson has time and again iterated that the IndyCar Series is a ‘childhood dream’ for him. At 45 years of age, he is set to start an entirely new chapter in his illustrious career.

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