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Jimmie Johnson test IndyCar at Barber Motorsports Park

Jimmie Johnson has a steep learning curve ahead of him and very little time to overcome it before the start of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season.

The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion made the overnight flight from Martinsville, Virginia to Birmingham, Alabama after the Xfinity 500 for the single-day IndyCar Series open test at Barber Motorsports Park.

It was the first time that he stepped into the Carvana No. 48 that he will pilot for Chip Ganassi Racing next season on the road and street course events.

“Just adapting to this new environment,” Johnson said. “There’s so many things that are foreign to me, working through a lot of those little technicalities with the car, with the cockpit, procedures, then trying to get some laps in there as well.

“There’s so many cars here. To get there out on the track, find a clean spot to run, take my time getting up to speed has been a bit challenging with the heavy traffic and how fast these guys are.

“Was able to get probably 20 and 30 laps this morning. Shaving seconds off at a time, so I’m still a way off. Looking forward to the second half of the today, getting down to a much smaller window on track.”

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