INDIANAPOLIS — Jimmie Johnson hasn’t shied away from saying that while the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season would be his last full time effort, he’s not retiring from racing in general. Johnson, has made it perfectly clear that one of his goals upon a full time retirement from NASCAR would be to compete in an IndyCar race.
While everyone just automatically assumed that Johnson would be in a car to run the Indianapolis 500 in the future, he was honest that a race on a high speed oval in an open wheel race car is a firm ‘no.’
But, a short oval, road course or street course is intriguing to the California native. He’d be open to that. Johnson, first wanted to be an Indy Car driver after all. He idolized fellow Californian Rick Mears. His path though took him to a different route into NASCAR. It was probably the right move anyways. Johnson, has won 84 times to go along with a record tying seven championships.
Throughout the last year or so, Johnson has spoke more and more about running an Indy Car. Now, those dreams are becoming a reality.
Johnson, tweeted a picture of his view inside of an IndyCar on Wednesday.
Then, someone asked what that meant and Johnson responded that he was at Arrow McLaren SP’s Indianapolis shop and that they offered him a test at the Barber Motorsports Park next month.
McLaren SP then tweeted that when Johnson calls, you pick up.
Johnson and McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown maintain a close friendship. Johnson, tested a McLaren F1 car in Bahrain a couple of winters ago in a ride swap with Fernando Alonso. Then, last month, Johnson went to COTA for the IndyCar Open Test.
Plus, the test at Barber makes sense as NASCAR is in Talladega at the end of April. Barber, which hosts the NTT IndyCar Series in early April, is just a few minutes away from Talaldega.