Jimmie Johnson Tag

By INDYCAR Jimmie Johnson will not compete full-time in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES next season, he announced Monday. The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion ran his only full-time season in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES this year, leading 21 laps with a pair of top-six finishes driving the No. 48 Carvana Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. His best result in 29 series starts over two series seasons was a fifth-place finish in the Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 oval race at Iowa Speedway on July 24. Johnson qualified 12th and led twoRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor It’s safe to say Iowa Speedway is now Jimmie Johnson’s favorite track on the NTT IndyCar Series schedule after the performances he has put up over the course of the doubleheader weekend on the 0.894-mile oval. Coming off a strong run Saturday, in which Johnson put on a show, making daring passes throughout the race before fading to 11th at the finish, it was game on for the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion when the green flag fell on the second day of action. Johnson startedRead More
By INDYCAR NEWTON, Iowa – Pato O’Ward won the Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 presented by Google on Sunday at Iowa Speedway after dominant leader Josef Newgarden crashed out of the race with 65 laps remaining. O’Ward drove his No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet to a 4.2476-second victory over Will Power in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. Scott McLaughlin finished third in the No. 3 Freightliner Team Penske Chevrolet, giving the Penske team two of the top three finishers. SEE: Race Results “We knew that we had a greatRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor With the NTT IndyCar Series back on an oval Saturday at Iowa Speedway, Jimmie Johnson was back to form, coming home with an 11th place result in the Hy-VeeDeals.com 250. Though it ended with the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion banking his best finish since Texas back in March, Johnson would have to find out the hard way just how tricky the 0.894-mile track can be in an open wheel car. After starting the race in 15th, Johnson went for a spin on lap 17 whenRead More
By INDYCAR NEWTON, Iowa – It might be time to change the name of the city where Iowa Speedway is located from Newton to Newgardenton. Josef Newgarden became the all-time INDYCAR SERIES win leader at Iowa Speedway by capturing the Hy-VeeDeals.com 250 presented by DoorDash on Saturday, his fourth career win at the .894-mile oval and his fourth win of the 2022 season in the No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet. Newgarden and Ryan Hunter-Reay both entered this race tied atop the all-time Iowa win list with three apiece. Newgarden, whoRead More
By INDYCAR NEWTON, Iowa – Will Power led three Team Penske drivers in the top seven of practice Friday for the Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend at Iowa Speedway, the only session before qualifying and two races. Power led overall with a top lap of 18.5729 seconds, 173.285 mph in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet on the .894-mile oval. He seized the top spot from early leader and 2020 Iowa NTT P1 Award winner Conor Daly, who ended up second at 173.239 in the No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet. SEE: Practice Results | QualifyingRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor INDIANAPOLIS – Heralded rookies Romain Grosjean and Jimmie Johnson came into their first attempt at running the Indianapolis 500 looking to bring home a solid finish, but both found out the hard way just how tough racing in the NTT IndyCar Series at 16th and Georgetown can be. Both drivers showed speed throughout the Month of May, qualifying inside the top-12 and running well in the practices leading into Sunday’s 106th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, but when the green flag dropped it wasRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor INDIANAPOLIS – Jimmie Johnson is already part of an exclusive club with a membership of three, having won seven NASCAR Cup Series championships, but if all goes to plan on Sunday, he could be joining another elite fraternity of drivers – those that have won both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. Currently, only two legendary drivers, Mario Andretti and AJ Foyt, have accomplished the feat of winning the biggest race in open wheel and the biggest race in stock cars. Johnson will be lookingRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor INDIANAPOLIS – Chip Ganassi Racing flexed its muscles again during Friday’s final practice for the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 as Tony Kanaan topped the board, but a pair of incidents during the 90-minute session would overshadow the continued success from the Ganassi stable. Kanaan’s Honda set the fast time of 227.114 mph around the 2.5-mile track, just ahead of teammate Marcus Ericsson at 227.004 mph. “It’s not important at all,” Kanaan said of being fastest on Friday. “We had a good car all month.Read More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor INDIANAPOLIS – When Jimmie Johnson first started his journey in the NTT IndyCar Series, racing on the ovals, including the Indianapolis 500, was just not in the cards, but on Sunday, he’ll be one of 33 gladiators ready to take on the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” So, how did we get here and what ultimately turned the tide for the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion to agree to race at breakneck speeds in an open wheel car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway? While driving an Indy carRead More