After a field test, Jimmie Johnson found his IndyCar home. On Wednesday, the seven-time NASCAR Cup series champion.
Chip Ganassi Racing announced that they will be paired to ensure that there are sufficient funds to enter Johnson. Becoming the fourth time the Johnson team will compete in the IndyCar road and street courses in 2021 and 2022.
After the news came out, Johnson completed his one-day full-day test of IndyCar with the team on the road circuit of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 28.
Johnson said in a press release on Wednesday: “When I tested Chip’s Indy car earlier this year, it only caught fire more”. “I found that I wanted to do more than ever. Scott ( Dixon)’s cooperation is incredible, and in a short time, I quickly learned why Chip and his team won the 12th IndyCar Championship.
“It’s always difficult to find great drivers, but it’s also much harder for them to be great drivers. Pairing people like Jimmy and Scott Dixon is a huge Opportunity.
I think everyone now knows “I like winners” and the goal now is to let us drive Jimmy on IndyCar for at least the next few seasons and show people that we value the plan.
We believe that it is important to complete the partnership and start building the financial foundation to achieve this goal.”
Johnson promised to complete his last complete NASCAR Cup series, with 9 games left.
He was originally scheduled to take part in the Barber test with Arrow McLaren SP as a special guest of the team in the pre-season Open at IndyCar on April 6.
But when the series was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the test opportunity was lost.
A NASCAR veteran subsequently announced plans to conduct the first scheduled test plan for GCR a few days before the NASCAR-IndyCar double-headed race.
Although he was forced to postpone the test after he tested positive for COVID-19 on July 3.
Johnson and the team conducted this test in late July. They ran 125 laps on the Honda No. 10 car of new teammate Felix Rosenqvist. Dixon served as the driving instructor.
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