As seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson prepares for his final Daytona 500, he already is thinking about his “bucket list” in 2021.
Atop Johnson’s bucket list after retiring from full-time NASCAR competition this year? The chance to drive an Indy car and potentially compete in a handful of NTT INDYCAR Series races next season.
Johnson, who has said many times he is interested in racing road and street courses in an IndyCar, attended Tuesday’s first day of preseason testing for INDYCAR at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) on Tuesday. He attended the preseason driver’s meeting and then spent the rest of a rainy Tuesday as guest of McLaren’s Zak Brown.
“At the end of last year when I knew I was done with 38 races a year, I got so excited,” Johnson told NBC Sports.com. “I have a lot of things I want to try, including INDYCAR and Sports Car racing in 2021, and now I can consider those as my ‘bucket list.’
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