Jimmie Johnson’s 2021 IndyCar campaign on road and street courses saw mixed results. The seven-time NASCAR champ wanted a new challenge after retiring from stock cars, and he certainly got it. His transition couldn’t really be described as smooth, with a number of early season incidents and a general lack of speed as the driver got used to a lightweight, open-wheel car with huge amounts of downforce.
As the season went on, Johnson improved, getting quicker and more confident in the car, with fewer errors. He even started to get interested in running on ovals and at the Indy 500, something he didn’t do in 2021 mainly because of safety concerns. But once the season concluded, he tested on the oval at Texas and passed rookie orientation at Indy. It seemed a foregone conclusion that Johnson would run the 500 in 2022.
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