Jimmie Johnson lands Chip Ganassi Racing IndyCar test

Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson is set to run his first IndyCar test with Chip Ganassi Racing on Wednesday, July 8 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson has made clear that he wants to compete in an IndyCar road course race once he retires from his full-time role as the driver of the #48 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, a job he has had since 2002.

Johnson announced last November that the 2020 season would be his final season as a full-time driver, and he has reiterated his desire to have a shot at IndyCar.

After attending preseason testing at Circuit of the Americas as a guest of Arrow McLaren SP, Johnson was slated to test a car for the team at Barber Motorsports Park on Monday, April 6, one day after IndyCar was scheduled to race there. They even purchased the #48 for his car from Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.

Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, that test around the 17-turn, 2.38-mile (3.830-kilometer) natural terrain road course in Birmingham, Alabama was unable to take place. While it was not rescheduled, the 44-year-old El Cajon, California native said that driving an IndyCar is still on his bucket list.

Now he has a chance to get back behind the wheel for a test. Johnson is set to test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course for Chip Ganassi Racing on Wednesday, July 8 following the first ever NASCAR and IndyCar weekend doubleheader at the venue.

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