“Still Hungry to Go Racing” – NASCAR Legend Jimmie Johnson’s IndyCar Dedication Impresses Team

Published 02/17/2021, 1:22 PM EST
LOUDON, NH – SEPTEMBER 24: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, stands on the grid prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)


Jimmie Johnson is going to make his IndyCar debut in April this year. The NASCAR veteran has already taken part in a few tests in the buildup to the new season. Suffice it to say that the 7-time Cup Series champion is already taking to the task with a renewed vigor.

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It has got to a stage where even his new team has noticed it. Chip Ganassi Racing managing director Mike Hull said, “Every waking moment, he’s working on it. He’s trying to make himself better. He’s done great things in NASCAR and, let’s face it, a lot of drivers would ride off into the sunset and just show up to the Hall of Fame dinners, but he’s still hungry to go racing and to drive an IndyCar, and he wants to drive it well.”

CHARLOTTE, NC – OCTOBER 09: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

What lies ahead for Jimmie Johnson?

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The 45-year-old is expected to link up with Chip Ganassi Racing for the new season. He will share the driving duties of the #48 car with Brazilian racer, Tony Kanaan. In addition to that, Jimmie Johnson will partner with Marcus Ericsson, Alex Palou, and defending champion Scott Dixon.

“I think there’s trepidation for him,” said Hull. “But we’ve seen measured growth since we started with him. In the very technical parts of the race track, he’s as good as anybody. It’s having the understanding in the higher-speed corners of what this fairly well-downforced road-course car will accept, and he’s trying to relate the feel of that to the feel of what he’s raced in the past.”

It is worth mentioning that Johnson will only compete in the road course events. However, his contract lasts for two years, and he has even floated the idea of competing in the Indianapolis 500 if all goes well. For now, he must not get ahead of himself. Instead, Johnson must focus on the 2021 IndyCar season in April.

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