“Trying to Forget My NASCAR Driving Habits” – Jimmie Johnson Gets Ready for IndyCar Future

Published 12/03/2020, 5:00 AM EST
Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson (48) during the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


Jimmie Johnson has officially retired from NASCAR racing. From there, he is tackling a new venture, namely IndyCar racing. However, this is easier said than done, as the 45-year-old is struggling to forget everything he knows about NASCAR. This is largely because an IndyCar machine is a completely different beast from a NASCAR one.

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Speaking about his experience, he said, I had a busy few days trying to forget my NASCAR driving habits. A big thanks to everyone at Velocity Racing Developments for the help.”

Luckily, the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series has plenty of time to get up to speed and get used to the Indy way of life. This is because the 2021 season kicks off in early March at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.

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How will Jimmie Johnson perform in his IndyCar career?

Truthfully, nobody really expects him to be as competitive as he was in NASCAR, right off the bat. However, he will have a certain set target to achieve for the season. Additionally, he will also have the honor of racing alongside reigning champion, Scott Dixon, at Chip Ganassi Racing.

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Nov 8, 2020; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson (48) pits during the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

He will also partner Alex Palou and Marcus Ericsson for the 2021 season. Finally, he will share driving duties with Tony Kanaan, who will race on the oval layouts, including the 2020 Indianapolis 500. In the meantime, Jimmie Johnson will tackle all the road course events over the span of a two-year contract.

Without a doubt, CGR is one of the strongest IndyCar teams. This means that Johnson’s #48 car can be in contention for podiums or even race wins. However, all that depends on how well he adjusts to the car and handles the competition. Without a doubt, a legion of JJ fans would love to see him duke it out in open-wheel machinery for the first time ever.

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