Jimmie Johnson to the Indianapolis 500? No way.
But as for other IndyCar races …
The seven-time NASCAR Cup champion and four-time Brickyard 400 winner visited IndyCar testing in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday. He expressed interest in tackling road-course racing.
“I’m definitely learning,” Johnson told media on Tuesday. “This is a totally different world than what I’ve been used to, but it’s a world I dreamed of racing in when I was a kid growing up in San Diego. My heroes were the guys that raced in the Indy 500. I’d go to the Long Beach Grand Prix and watch, hang out and wanted to be in a car going by.”
The 44-year-old announced in November that 2020 will be his last full-time season as a Cup Series driver. On Sunday at Daytona International Speedway, Johnson posted the fourth-fastest speed in Daytona 500 qualifying.
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Johnson is keen on venturing into other forms of racing.
“For me, this is a learning experience and (IndyCar) has always been a bucket list category for me to come see these cars, be around these cars,” he said. “(Next year) is open for me and who knows what opportunity might come along in IndyCar, sports cars or back to my off-road roots. I’m just taking it all in and see what comes of it.”
He said he has “closed the door” on oval racing after he’s done with Cup.
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