Johnson, who unveiled his Carvana livery on NBC’s At the moment present on Wednesday morning, spent his rookie season competing within the 12 street and road programs on the 2021 schedule.
However the NASCAR ace examined on the oval at Texas Motor Speedway and accomplished the IndyCar Rookie Orientation Programme at Indianapolis Motor Speedway shortly after the season concluded.
The 46-year-old’s finest outcomes of his rookie IndyCar season got here in his last two outings of the 12 months, when he picked up a pair of 17th-place finishes at Laguna Seca and Lengthy Seashore, though he did not qualify inside the highest 20 for any of his appearances.
“I am actually enthusiastic about this subsequent chapter of my profession and competing within the #48 with Carvana for the 2022 season,” mentioned Johnson.
“The security of those vehicles has come to date and, after I examined the ovals at Texas and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, I realised this was a problem I wished to undertake.
“I’m grateful for Chip, Carvana and all who made this potential. Final season was so unimaginable for me and I made lots of progress, so I do know I could be aggressive on tracks that I’ve expertise on.
“I can’t wait to be a part of the Indianapolis 500. It’s a childhood dream come true.”
Jimmie Johnson, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Picture by: Artwork Fleischmann
Carvana might be main sponsor on the #48 for 16 of the 17 races, with The American Legion colors taking priority for one race in Iowa’s double-header in July.
Chip Ganassi, who noticed Alex Palou clinch the workforce’s 14th IndyCar title in September, mentioned: “We’re very joyful about Jimmie working the entire 2022 season and that Carvana might be on practically all of these races.
“I’m trying ahead to seeing Jimmie get again on the monitor after having a 12 months underneath his belt.
“With all of the expertise he has on ovals from his NASCAR profession and including it to his 2021 expertise in an Indycar, we predict the IndyCar ovals will play proper into his energy. I can’t anticipate the 2022 season to start.”