Jimmy Johnson will drive the Indy 500 and the full IndyCar schedule. AP News

Jimmy Johnson will enter the Indianapolis 500 next year and run a full IndyCar schedule.

The seven-time NASCAR champion was moving swiftly toward an Indy 500 decision, he finally announced Wednesday as he moved to IndyCar earlier this year. Johnson ran only road and street courses in his first season of open-wheel racing due to safety concerns about ovals.

But as he settled into his new job with Chip Ganassi Racing, Johnson became more comfortable with the car, series safety enhancements, and eventually racing on the oval. He tested at both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway, but was nonetheless committed to “the greatest spectacle in racing”.

not anymore.

Johnson will enter number 48 of all 17 races on next year’s IndyCar schedule, with a re-sponsorship from Carvana.

“I’m really excited about this next chapter in my career and competing with Carvana at No. 48 for the 2022 season,” Johnson said. “The safety of these cars has come this far, and when I tested the ovals at Texas and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, I realized it was a challenge I wanted to undertake.”

Johnson, who turned 46 in September, moved from NASCAR at the end of the 2020 season to become an IndyCar rookie. He ran 12 races and finished the season in Long Beach with a career-best 17th place.

He will be teammates again in 2022 with defending IndyCar champion Alex Palu, six-time champion Scott Dixon and former Formula One driver Marcus Ericsson. When Johnson was not in the car, Tony Kanan ran the number four oval at number 48 in 2021. Canaan is expected to run at least the Indy 500 again, although no announcement was made on their schedule on Wednesday.

“We are very pleased to have Jimmy running throughout the 2022 season,” said team owner Chip Ganassi. “With all the experience he has at the Oval from his NASCAR career and adding it to his 2021 experience in Indy Car, we think IndyCar Oval will play right to his strengths.”

Carvana extended his sponsorship of Johnson so that he could run the entire season. It will be the primary partner for 16 of the 17 races on the schedule. The US military will be the primary sponsor at number 48 at Iowa Speedway in July.

“I am grateful to Chip, Carvana and everyone who made this possible,” Johnson said. “Last season was so incredible for me and I made a lot of progress, so I know I can be competitive on tracks that I have experience on. I can’t wait to be part of the Indianapolis 500, it’s a childhood dream.” It’s like being true.”


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