Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, poses for a portrait after winning the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2016 in Homestead, Florida.
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Jimmie Johnson to Join IndyCar, Ganassi Racing in 2021

SPEEDWAY, Ind. — At the start of 2020, Jimmie Johnson announced this will be his final season in NASCAR. The 7-time champion made some rumblings in the racing world when he hinted at the idea of switching to IndyCar. In July, Johnson teamed up with Chip Ganassi Racing to do a test on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Then, on Wednesday, Johnson made it official in a post on social media — he will start competing in IndyCar, with Chip Ganassi Racing, in 2021.

“When I tested Chip’s Indy car earlier in the year, it only lit the fire more,” Johnson said. “I found that I wanted to do it more than ever before. Scott [Dixon] was just incredible to work with and in a short time I found out very quickly why Chip and his teams have won 12 INDYCAR Championships. As part of a natural progression, I wanted to publicly show the alignment with Chip Ganassi Racing to kick the sponsorship program into high gear.”

The partnership would mean Johnson, one of the most successful drivers in NASCAR history, would become teammates with Dixon, one of the most successful drivers in IndyCar history.


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