By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Carvana, the leading online auto retailer, has been announced as Jimmie Johnson’s sponsor for the 2021 season. Johnson will make the switch from NASCAR to IndyCar at the end of the season.
Johnson will drive for Chip Ganassi Racing. The team will be known as Carvana Chip Ganassi Racing.
The NASCAR legend will depart in November with a tie, as he has seven NASCAR Cup Series Championships. He is one of three men to accomplish this feat, including the late Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty.
However, Johnson is the only driver to win five straight championships from 2006-2010.
“Jimmie Johnson has already made his mark as one of the best NASCAR drivers in history, yet he’s continuing to push himself with a new challenge,” Carvana Chief Brand Officer Ryan Keeton said. “He’s not resting, but raising the bar, and that’s a mindset we can very much relate to. We’re looking forward to that shared challenger mindset, teamed up with Chip Ganassi Racing, for what is sure to be a fun, exciting racing season.”
Following the conclusion of the NASCAR season, Johnson will have two test sessions. He will compete in a test session with the No. 48 Carvana Honda at Barber Motorsports Park.
In addition, he will also have a test session at Laguna Seca. Both test sessions will be in November.
Johnson’s car will be revealed before the start of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series.
“Carvana is a young, tech-forward, smart and aggressive company and is the perfect partner for this next challenge in my career,” Johnson said, who will be competing for 2021 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year. “I’ve dreamed of racing in INDYCAR since I was a little kid. Going from one championship organization to another with CGR, you know the resources, including great people, are going to be there. To have friends like Scott (Dixon), Dario (Franchitti) and Doug (Duchardt) there to lean on and learn from just makes this transition so much better. 2021 is going to be a lot of fun!”
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