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All Things Jimmie Johnson, Including Racing The IndyCar Series

In the first part of this Forbes interview series with Jimmie Johnson, we covered a lot of ground, discussing whether there’s any truth to the rumors he may return to NASCAR from IndyCar, his Chip Ganassi Racing partner Scott Dixon, whether Indy cars are more dangerous than stock cars, why he was so aggressive last month at the Iowa IndyCar race finishing fifth, his seven Cup Championships, and whether he’ll still be racing at age 50. Here, we cover what racing was like during COVID-19, Johnson’s impressions of the great Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, Sr., advice he has for youngsters wanting to get into motorsports, what he’s afraid of, and how racing Indy cars differs from racing stock cars. Following are edited excerpts from a longer phone conversation.
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Jimmie Johnson: Reflections Of A Bonafide NASCAR Legend, Part 1

Jimmie Johnson may be the greatest stock car racer of all time - well, at least he would stand on the medals podium, if there were one in NASCAR. Johnson won a mind-boggling seven NASCAR Cup Championships from 2006-2016 - five consecutively - which ties him with the great Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, Sr., for most ever. He’s also won the Daytona 500 twice, the Brickyard 400 four times and the Coca-Cola 600 four times. You name it, he’s pretty much done it. So why, in his mid-40s, did Johnson decide to chuck NASCAR in favor of IndyCar? So far, it’s been a hard road in the Indy cars. Since Johnson entered the open-wheel series in 2021, after initially retiring from racing altogether, he has only finished in the top 10 twice - this March at the Grand Prix of Texas (6th), and at Iowa last month (5th).
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Why Jimmie Johnson could return to NASCAR after the IndyCar Music City Grand Prix

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson remains open to returning to NASCAR but still has unfinished business on the IndyCar circuit and hopes to take another step in that direction Sunday at the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. Johnson, 46, is still searching for his first NTT IndyCar win and heads into the Music City Grand Prix with more momentum than he had in his rookie season in 2021. ...

Jimmie Johnson Reacts To Legendary Driver's Retirement

Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel announced his retirement at the end of the 2022 season. His decision has sparked an outpouring of support from the racing community. Fellow icon Jimmie Johnson was among those to commemorate the four-time world champion. "Congratulations on an amazing career, my friend," Johnson posted on...
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Racing legend Jimmie Johnson to compete in Bommarito 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway

MADISON, Ill. — One of the biggest names in motorsports history is heading to St. Louis for the Bommarito 500. On Thursday, World Wide Technology Raceway announced that seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson would be in the field for the Bommarito Automotive 500 IndyCar at World Wide Technology Raceway on Saturday, Aug. 20.

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson to compete in Bommarito Automotive Group 500 NTT INDYCAR SERIES race at World Wide Technology Raceway

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and current NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver Jimmie Johnson will compete in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, on Saturday, August 20. Johnson scored 83 NASCAR wins before moving to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES....
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Jimmie Johnson Finally Figuring out IndyCar Ovals, Finishes Fifth at Iowa Speedway

For the first time in his IndyCar career, Jimmie Johnson’s name could be said in the same sentence as the top-five finishers. Johnson finished 11th Saturday in the first leg of the the NTT IndyCar Series doubleheader weekend at Iowa Speedway, but roared back to finish an IndyCar career-best fifth in the Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 on Sunday, one position behind Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon.

Jimmie Johnson on best IndyCar finish: ‘Closest experience to NASCAR that I’ve ever had.’

NEWTON, Iowa – In his 24th IndyCar start, Jimmie Johnson not only had the upperhand on the series points leader – he passed him late to pick up his first top-5 finish. The American open-wheel racing novice says he owes much of his performance in Sunday’s 300-lapper at Iowa Speedway to his two decades in NASCAR – the part of his brain he’s been trying forget.
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Jimmie Johnson finishes 11th in IndyCar race after spinning early

Jimmie Johnson had an eventful debut at Iowa Speedway. The NASCAR legend in his first season driving IndyCar Series ovals finished 11th Saturday in the first race of a weekend doubleheader on the 7/8-mile oval in Newton, Iowa. Josef Newgarden won the 250-lap race. It came after a start of...