Jimmie Johnson considering IndyCar in the future

Jimmie Johnson is considering IndyCar road races in the future, potentially after his Hendrick Motorsports contract expires.

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Jimmie Johnson considering IndyCar in the future
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7 time NASCAR Cup series champion and F1 world champion Fernando Alonso recently traveled to the Bahrain International Circuit, with Jimmie getting to drive one of McLaren’s Mercedes-powered cars from 2013, and Fernando getting to run laps in a Hendrick Motorsports 2018 Chevrolet Camaro stock car. 

 Johnson who had never run an open wheel car in his entire career went out to run laps around Bahrain and came back in with lap times only 4 tenths off of what Alonso had run. Turns out he is not just a taxi cab racer. 

 When Jimmie was asked about road racing and IndyCar in the future, he seemed enthuised.

 "Without a doubt, 2020 is my last year under contract with Hendrick Motorsports, and I've been approached many times about the Indy 500."

 It came as sort of a surprise that Johnson is not looking to do the Indy 500, considering his oval background and the fact he is a 4 time Brickyard 400 champion. 

 "I'm not overly excited about fast ovals, but I think with my status and relationships I could put together some road course races in IndyCar." 

 "I've done sports car racing in the past, I've finished 2nd in the Rolex 24 a couple of times in the Prototype division, I'd love to get back to doing that. Anything's open. 

 Jimmie Johnson sounds as if he does not want to retire once his stock car days are numbered. There are different teams that definetly would want to have him in sports cars, and who would have ever thought we even consider seeing Jimmie Johnson in an IndyCar. Well, it is more likely than we thought. 

 Johnson came from a little bit different background than typical NASCAR drivers. He climed the ranks throught off road racing on the west coast from where he called home in California. And another driver that had a similar background was Rick Mears. Mears went on to be one of three 4 time Indy 500 champions. 

 So maybe those off road guys that are sometimes under rated can really surprise. 

 I say it is very likely that Jimmie Johnson does run IndyCar races in the future, but it would most likely be after his stock car days end. 

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