Nascar legend Jimmie Johnson heads to Indy

Nascar's most successful driver has announced his move to IndyCar's Chip Ganassi Racing team for the next two seasons.


Bomb in American motorsports. Jimmie Johnson, the best driver in Nascar history with seven championships and 83 victories, will join the IndyCar grid next season thanks to his deal with Chip Ganassi Racing. It will be Johnson's first appearance outside of Nascar, where he has been competing for 18 years without interruption.

The one in California has confirmed what was an open secret. He attended preseason testing at the Circuit of the Americas in February, and in July he tested a CGR-Honda at the Indianapolis circuit alongside five-time Indy winner Scott Dixon, with whom he will share a team. "When I tested Ganassi's car I had an internal fire. I knew this was what I wanted to do. I always wanted to do it, but now more than ever. The advice from Scott Dixon was very good and I understood the reasons why the team has won so many titles in recent years, "said the seven-time champion.

According to the pilot himself, he signs a contract that will link him to CGR for 2021 and 2022, in the absence of finalizing the details of the sponsorship. In principle, it will compete on the road and urban routes the first year, leaving the oval circuits for the second. On the other hand, CGR has two cars in the Nascar Cup, so its participation in some races during the next season is a possibility that is on the table.

Johnson's concern about single-seaters goes a long way. In 2018 he exchanged his Chevrolet Camaro for Fernando Alonso's McLaren at the Bahrain circuit, fueling rumors of a possible departure for the Asturian to the US. Likewise, the North American racer had planned his IndyCar debut with McLaren before the pandemic swept the program.

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