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Sport Jimmie Johnson: First IndyCar test with Ganassi instead of McLaren SP

16:35  30 june  2020
16:35  30 june  2020 Source:   bunte.de

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Jimmie Johnson will get his first test in an IndyCar next week, driving a Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road Legendary team owner Chip Ganassi responded with, “Hey 7x champ @ JimmieJohnson ! Looking forward to giving you a go at this @ IndyCar stuff!

However, Johnson – who tested a Formula 1 car for McLaren in a ride-swap with Fernando Alonso at Bahrain in 2018 – announced via Twitter that he “So much for a roomy interior” he captioned a couple of images of the cockpit of an Arrow McLaren SP -Chevrolet. He followed this up with the message: “It

Jimmie Johnson wird am 8. Juli für Ganassi seinen ersten IndyCar-Test fahren © Motorsport Images Jimmie Johnson will drive his first IndyCar test for Ganassi on July 8th

It is known that Jimmie Johnson is interested in circuit racing in the IndyCar car. The seven-time NASCAR champion should have already completed his first IndyCar test for McLaren SP in Barber Motorsports Park in April this year . But the corona virus pandemic thwarted the plan.

On Wednesday next week (July 8th) Johnson is late for his test debut in the IndyCar -Boliden. However, both the team and the engine partner as well as the track are new. As Johnson announced on Twitter, he will test for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Curious: Ganassi is a Chevrolet team on the NASCAR side - just like Johnson's longstanding and still current employer Hendrick Motorsports. On the IndyCar side, however, Ganassi is a Honda team. So Johnson goes "strange" in his first IndyCar test.

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— Jimmie Johnson (@ JimmieJohnson ) March 4, 2020. Arrow McLaren SP driver Pato O’Ward also posted about Johnson ’s visit on his Beyond testing the IndyCar , Johnson attended preseason testing at Circuit of the Americas last month and indicated that he wants to try racing IndyCar next

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson spent Wednesday at the Arrow McLaren SP race shop in Indianapolis. A team spokesman for Arrow McLaren SP said, “ Jimmie is a friend of the team and a world-class driver and, much like the ride-swap he did in a McLaren Formula One car

The test will take place on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway infield circuit. It is there that the Indianapolis Grand Prix will be held next Saturday (July 4th), where Ganassi and his three-car team with Scott Dixon, Felix Rosenqvist and Marcus Ericsson will start. The following day, NASCAR's Brickyard 400 climbs on the oval course, where Johnson competes with his Hendrick-Chevrolet.

team owner Chip Ganassi responded directly to Johnson's tweet and suggested that Dixon, as a five-time IndyCar champion, could "give the seven-time NASCAR champion" a tip or two ".

The current NASCAR season 2020 will be the last full one for Johnson. The Californian has not yet committed to 2021. Depending on how the test runs on Wednesday, it cannot be ruled out that he will contest one or the other circuit race in the IndyCar calendar in the future. The Indy 500, however, categorically excludes Johnson from .

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