After dipping his toes in the NTT IndyCar Series last season, Jimmie Johnson is ready to jump into the deep end.
This morning Johnson announced on the Today show that he will be running the full-season in 2022, which of course includes the Indianapolis 500 in May. Carvana returns as Johnson’s primary sponsor in 16 of the 17 races, while the No. 48 Honda will have American Legion sponsorship colors in one of the two races at Iowa.
“I’m really excited about this next chapter of my career and competing in the No. 48 with Carvana for the 2022 season,” Johnson said. “The safety of these cars has come so far, and after I tested the ovals at Texas and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, I realized this was a challenge I wanted to undertake.
“I’m thankful for Chip, Carvana and all who made this possible. Last season was so incredible for me and I made a lot of progress, so I know I can be competitive on tracks that I have experience on. I can’t wait to be part of the Indianapolis 500, it’s a childhood dream come true.”
The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion competed in 12 road and street course races last season for Chip Ganassi Racing, and is excited to continue his relationships with the team that just won the series championship with Alex Palou. Chip Ganassi is looking forward to the upcoming season as well.
“We are very happy about Jimmie running the whole 2022 season and that Carvana will be on nearly all of those races,” Ganassi said. “I am looking forward to seeing Jimmie get back on the track after having a year under his belt. With all the experience he has on ovals from his NASCAR career and adding it to his 2021 experience in an Indy car, we think the IndyCar ovals will play right into his strength. I can’t wait for the 2022 season to begin.”
Carvana’s chief brand officer Ryan Keeton commented on today’s announcement. “Chip Ganassi Racing and Jimmie Johnson are ideal partners and we’re excited to watch Jimmie race the full season in 2022. Our entire Carvana crew is inspired by Jimmie’s commitment as he’s forged this new path in his racing career. Carvana has always stood for challenging the status quo and we see that same drive and passion in Jimmie.”
In addition to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Johnson will get a taste of three other ovals next season. The 46-year old will visit World Wide Technologies Raceway at Gateway, Iowa Speedway, and Texas Motor Speedway.
In his Cup career, Johnson has raced 35 times at Texas, winning seven times and leading 1,152 total laps. He has tested there in an IndyCar, as well as IMS a couple of months ago for his Rookie Orientation.
Plans for Tony Kanaan are expected to be announced next month. The Brazilian driver contested all of the oval races in the No. 48 with Johnson last year. The team is expected to run a fifth car at Indianapolis in May for the 2013 Indy 500 winner.