Having spent almost all of his racing career with NASCAR until now, Jimmie Johnson is set to step into a new racing discipline from the 2021 season.
After nearly two decades, the seven-time Cup Series champion decided to put a close to his full-time NASCAR career after the 2020 season.
He will take part in IndyCar series with Chip Ganassi Racing at least for the next two seasons. He will take part in 13 races in the 2021 IndyCar season.
Earlier this year, Johnson spoke to “‘NASCAR Live” about the experience he wants to have before his full-time retirement from racing. He said:
“There’s some sports car races that I always wanted to experience. Different cars that I always wanted to drive and experience. It’s about those experiences. I recognize that I’m on the older side and IndyCar might seem like a crazy destination.”
While one of the things in his bucket-list is going to be ticked when he participates in IndyCar in 2021. Johnson has also confessed that he is open to the possibility of participating in Indy 500 during his IndyCar career. However, 2021 might seem too early for the new IndyCar recruit to test himself in the event.
Johnson also said that he would like to return to dirt racing at one point in his career.
At the age of 45, the NASCAR legend is showing no signs of slowing down on his racing career. Who knows, he might as well return to Cup Series racing for select events in the future?