IndyCar tenderfoot Jimmie Johnson is confident of testing in August on the oval at Homestead-Miami Speedway as a feature of a way toward running in the following year’s Indianapolis 500.
The seven-time NASCAR champion bounced this season to IndyCar and has contended in seven races for group proprietor Chip Ganassi. He’s set to race again one weekend from now at Nashville. Johnson hasn’t completed better compared to nineteenth this season.
The 45-year-old Johnson simply needed to drive street and road courses this year however wants to drive at Indy next season. Johnson would need to finish the Rookie Orientation Program in the not so distant future needed to race on the Indy oval.
Johnson watched out for individual IndyCar new kid on the block Romain Grosjean’s oval test Tuesday at World Wide Technology Raceway outside St. Louis. The previous Formula One driver submitted distinctly to the street and road course races, actually like Johnson.
Johnson messaged Grosjean on Tuesday and requested tips on taking care of the oval course.
“I’m attempting to discover my solace with the ovals,” Johnson said. “I believe he’s in a comparable spot. We’ve both been talking throughout the year about ovals. Truly, about the experience inside and out. I get increasingly more familiar with ovals. Ideally, the test, when it occurs in late August, will work out in a good way and I’ll keep on working nearer toward the Indy 500 or ovals overall.”
Johnson’s seven NASCAR titles are attached with Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. Johnson said there ought to be remainder from his NASCAR vocation in Indianapolis to when he endeavors the open wheel run at the Brickyard.
“Of the relative multitude of tracks we run on,” Johnson said, “there ought to be some hybrid on the oval. I found there was zero hybrid out and about courses, so that was fascinating.”
Johnson will miss just the Aug. 21 race at the track outside St. Louis the remainder of the IndyCar season. That track is a mile oval. Johnson, who worked the Indy 500 this year as an investigator for NBC, shares the No 48 this season with Tony Kanaan. Kanaan will drive the ovals again in 2022.
Used to the really exhausting NASCAR plan, Johnson is scheduled for 12 street and road course races and he skirted the four oval races.
“I’ve truly needed to hinder this year and take a stab at something new,” Johnson said. “Both of those things are unquestionably occurring.”