WATCH: Jimmie Johnson Takes to the Track in his New No. 48 Car

Published 11/04/2020, 10:54 AM EST
BRISTOL, TN – APRIL 06: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, prepares to drive during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Donald Page/Getty Images)


By this time next week, Jimmie Johnson will have seen the last of NASCAR. Beyond that, the stock car racing legend is set to ply his trade in IndyCar. In the coming season, he will partner Scott Dixon in the Chip Ganassi Racing team.

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Johnson recently paid a visit to the Barber Motorsport Park in Alabama to get a run in his new toy. In an Instagram video, Johnson said, “I saw it last night, they were setting up when I got here.

“What amazes me that we already have pit boxes loaded up with Carvana on it, these guys are just getting it done.”

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It is safe to assume that he had a mighty good time and is looking forward to his debut. Of course, testing is one thing, and actually competing against other drivers is another.

Jimmie Johnson has to wrap up his NASCAR career before heading to IndyCar

Of course, Johnson’s IndyCar debut is only at the horizon. First and foremost, he has to contend in the NASCAR Cup Series season finale at the Phoenix Raceway.

However, he is not the only driver contesting in his final NASCAR race. This is because Clint Bowyer is also hanging his helmet up for good; for he is looking to trade them in for a microphone in the FOX NASCAR commentary booth.

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DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 08: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 08, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Evidently, Jimmie Johnson has not the racing bug just yet. However, the Hendrick Motorsports man will still want to bow out of the sport on a high. Bowyer may also be thinking the same, and much more so after he got a taste of glory at Texas recently.

On a parting note, Jimmie Johnson will want to get off the starting blocks when he kicks off his IndyCar career. He is only set to race in 13 races across the season, but will definitely try to make them count.

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