Jimmie Johnson’s recent NTT IndyCar Series test with Chip Ganassi Racing has motivated the seven-time NASCAR Cup champion to pursue sponsorship for an ambitious 2021 calendar. Once the Californian completes the season with Rick Hendrick Motorsports and bids farewell to stock car racing, the 44-year-old wants to dive headfirst into open-wheel competition.
“It’s a tricky time right now with marketing dollars being hard to find and companies that are actually able to spend money on marketing right now with the COVID situation. So, we’re out trying to find funds and literally trying to raise sponsorship funds to go run the full road course and street circuit schedule. That would be my dream world.”
Johnson, who races the No. 48 Chevy for Hendrick, hopes to have a direction on in IndyCar by the end of September.
Although Johnson does not foresee the Indy 500 being part of a 2021 plan, he could be open to it in the second year of a contract.
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