“Can’t Wait to Race Here”- NASCAR Legend Jimmie Johnson All Set for IMSA 12 Hours of Sebring

Published 03/04/2021, 10:09 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 09: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway on February 9, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)


Jimmie Johnson may have retired from NASCAR, but 2021 is still set to be an eventful year for the legend. In addition to IndyCar, he will compete in three more IMSA events, including the famed 12 Hours of Sebring.

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The seven-time Cup Series champion’s main priorities will be driving a 13-race season for Chip Ganassi Racing in the open-wheel series. However, following the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Johnson felt that he also wanted to do more endurance sportscar racing as well.

Taking to Twitter, Johnson shared brief clips of himself driving the No.31 Action Express Racing Cadillac. Safe to say, the former Hendrick Motorsports racer certainly does not look out of touch!

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Jimmie Johnson put in the laps at the Sebring International Raceway

The NASCAR icon would not be alone in his pursuit of the endurance event title. Rolex 24 teammates Simon Pagenaud and Kamui Kobayashi will also partner him, as they take to the Ally-sponsored No.48 Cadillac in a few weeks’ time.

Johnson had previously stated, “I had such a great experience at the Rolex 24 At Daytona finishing second in the Ally Cadillac DPi-V.R that I want to continue and run the rest of the IMSA long events.

“The whole experience working with the Action Express Racing team. Sharing the Ally Cadillac with Simon, Kamui and Mike just made me want to do more racing in the series.”

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The former Hendrick Motorsports driver has a lot on his plate for the 2021 season

Incidentally, Sebring Raceway also acted as the venue for one of Johnson’s pre-season IndyCar tests. At the time, he was in Carvana Racing gear, and expressed his desire of adapting further to the new open-wheel machinery.

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 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

After placing second at Rolex 24 earlier this year, Johnson’s next assignment will be on March 20 with the IMSA 12 Hours of Sebring event. His IndyCar debut will take place on April 18 with the season opener at barber Motorsports Park.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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