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Jimmie Johnson to test Indy car on oval; could run Indianapolis 500

Jimmie Johnson confirmed on Tuesday that his first oval test in an Indy car will likely take place at Homestead-Miami Speedway in August.

That will be the next step in the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and current NTT IndyCar Series rookie potentially running in the 106th Indianapolis 500 in 2022.

He believes his experience in NASCAR on ovals will translate much better to an Indy car than what he has experienced so far as an IndyCar rookie, competing on just the street and road course races on the schedule.

Johnson also said that depending on how well he does in the test, he likely would not run the full season in IndyCar. It would be to help prepare himself for a potential run in next year’s Indianapolis 500.

“It’s just too early to tell,” Johnson said. “Right now, it’s really just focused on getting ready for the 500. It would depend on how the test would go. Honestly to run a full schedule next year would really be complicated, so I don’t know how realistic that opportunity would be at the end of the day.

Speed Sport