When you’re Jimmie Johnson – seven-time Cup champ, American racing legend, promoter and marketing exec’s dream – you tend to get what you wish for.
And Johnson, as part of his scaled-back racing calendar for 2023, has his eyes set on something no one has attempted since 2014: Running the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 Double the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.
“I’m seriously considering it,” Johnson said on a call with reporters Tuesday. “When I look at bucket list opportunities, there’s Le Mans, the shot of winning the Rolex 24, and there’s The Double. Those three are really at the top of the list.”
Personal interest? Check.
Sponsorship? Check (thanks to Carvana).
Teams to make ends meet? Johnson may already have those, too.
On the NASCAR side, Johnson confirmed that longtime friend and Trackhouse Racing team owner Justin Marks has wanted to hire the stock car racing legend by any means possible. In a May ‘Ask Me Anything’ thread on Reddit, when asked if he’d let Johnson run his recently debuted Project 91 car in a one-off for The Double in 2023, Marks replied, “Absolutely.”