With the IndyCar safety enhancements, the Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson is thinking about doing the Indy 500 in the future.
Jimmie Johnson has always been clear in his stance towards IndyCar road course races. On a number of occasions, the 44-year-old El Cajon, California native has said that he wants to compete in IndyCar road course races after he retires from full-time Cup Series competition, which he is about to at the end of the 2020 season.
While he might not have been open to the Indianapolis 500 in the past, the recent improvements in safety have led him to change his stance.
The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion said:
Safety on ovals is dramatically increased this year with the windshield that they have. So, I will keep a close eye on things there and see how the safety level looks.
I have always wanted to race the 500.
He added that his priority right now is to run the IndyCar road course races.
My true desire right now is just to run the road courses. There are 12 on the schedule right now and I would be open to run all the 12 if the right opportunity came along.
Jimmie Johnson says the IndyCar safety enhancements have him thinking again about the Indy 500 but right now his desire is to do IndyCar races on road courses: pic.twitter.com/HZqSXc1MMG
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