When Jimmie Johnson was a boy, he dreamed of racing…Indy Car racing.
Of course his career took a different path as he’s become one of the most successful NASCAR drivers in history. Seven times he’s been the Cup Series Champion-tying him with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for the most all-time.
Johnson retires from full-time competition in NASCAR at the end of this season, but yesterday gave a glimpse into his future…the boyhood dream of Indy racing.
He tested with Chip Ganassi Racing yesterday at Indianapolis. How did it go?
“It only lit the fire more. I want to do this more than ever before,” Johnson said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “It was something new, something different. NASCAR has been so good to me and I am so proud of the success I’ve had. But to try something new, man, this was really cool.”
Not since Tony Stewart has a top tier NASCAR driver competed in the Indy Car Series, it looks like a lock Johnson will do it, at least part-time, next year.