Jimmie Johnson to IndyCar with Ganassi for two-year program

Johnson, who turns 45 this month, has raced full-time in NASCAR since 2002 and has become one the sport’s most successful drivers with 83 wins and a record-tying seven championships. 

But following the 2020 season, he will take on a new challenge in the NTT IndyCar Series. He will team up with Chip Ganassi Racing to “officially explore the possibility of racing a full road and street course calendar in the NTT IndyCar Series for the 2021 and 2022 racing seasons,” according to today’s statement.

The team is still working to finalize sponsorship details. 

Ganassi also fields two cars in the Cup Series, opening up the possibility that Johnson could run select NASCAR races in a third entry next year as well.

Johnson attended pre-season testing at the Circuit of The Americas in February and in July, he tested a CGR-Honda on the Indianapolis road course. He tweeted afterwards: “Today was incredible. Sign me up for more!”

Johnson and Scott Dixon are the most successful active drivers in their respective disciplines and Dixon had nothing but praise for Johnson following the test session.

“Tough conditions, really low grip, and obviously very hot today [87degF ambient, up to 135degF track temperature] but it gives him a good feel of what the car’s like and through the course of the day it’s been…

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