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.
I will be soaking up the next nine weeks of my full time @NASCAR career. I’m sad to see it coming to an end but I’m excited to announce a future partnership with @CGRTeams in @IndyCar. pic.twitter.com/Y4VdVN0UP1
— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) September 9, 2020
“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.