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.
I get to test an @IndyCar next week! A big thanks to my friends @CGRIndyCar & @GanassiChip for the opportunity. Now back to the gym for a crash course in IndyCar specific strength training. pic.twitter.com/Bc7JLB1O8T
— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) June 29, 2020