Jimmie Johnson made his long-awaited IndyCar test debut Tuesday on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Chip Ganassi Racing.
The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, who has been angling for an IndyCar ride since attending the NTT Series’ preseason test at Austin, Texas, posted social media photos Tuesday from the Brickyard with the No. 10 Dallara-Honda normally driven by Felix Rosenqvist
Johnson initially was slated to test a Dallara-Chevrolet with Arrow McLaren SP Motorsports three months ago at Barber Motorsports Park, but the April 6 session was scrubbed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic after he had been fitted for a seat at the team’s Indianapolis shop.
Johnson also has been updating the IG Story on his Instagram account (@jimmiejohnson) with video from the test.
Posting plenty of IG Stories if you want to follow through the day —> https://t.co/GprdUWlIbZ
Suffice to say, today is already exceeding my expectations 😁 pic.twitter.com/0rI8VVyRps
— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) July 28, 2020
Chip Ganassi Racing managing director Mike Hull, who has overseen Johnson’s test, posted a photo of Johnson consulting with five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon in a Ganassi hauler. Hull also tweeted that Johnson said after his first laps around the road course that it had been his dream to be an IndyCar driver, and the test lit his fire.
Johnson, who is retiring from full-time racing in NASCAR after the 2020 season, has said he would be open to racing on road and street courses in IndyCar next season with a preference for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. He also opened the door to possibly racing the Indianapolis 500 after evaluating the recent performance of the aeroscreen in IndyCar.
McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown said recently that Arrow McLaren SP also remains interested in Johnson despite the test with Ganassi.
— Mike Hull (@IndyMHull) July 28, 2020
Oh hey, @JimmieJohnson 👋🏼👋🏼
— Chip Ganassi Racing (@CGRTeams) July 28, 2020
Glad to have you, champ. We’re told some things are worth the wait. https://t.co/RW5LoFxbfm
— NTT INDYCAR SERIES (@IndyCar) July 28, 2020