Seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Johnson switched to IndyCar for the 2021 season with Chip Ganassi Racing, contesting a street and avenue course-only schedule.
Nonetheless the 46-year-old has pledged to contest the total season in 2022, together with on ovals – having missed the Indianapolis 500, Texas and Gateway final season, and by no means competed at returning venue Iowa in NASCAR.
Johnson’s greatest end so far is a 17th, achieved within the Laguna Seca and Lengthy Seashore races that concluded the 2021 marketing campaign.
Unser, who gained two Indycar titles and claimed Indy 500 victories in 1992 and 1994, additionally has expertise of inventory automobile racing having gained the IROC championship towards a few of NASCAR’s prime names in 1986 and 1988.
Talking to Autosport for a podcast selling his recently-released guide, A Checkered Previous, Unser mentioned Johnson’s steep studying curve will quickly be rewarded with robust ends in IndyCar, and expects that “it is going to be like a light-weight swap”.
“Jimmie has proven the world how aggressive the Indycars are, it is that straightforward,” mentioned Unser.
“He is a super-talented driver, and so he is simply proving, ‘Hey, it is powerful out right here’.
“He is acquired an excellent crew, nice coaches, nice engineers, they’re all working collectively in that Ganassi camp.
“For me, it is only a matter of time. and as soon as it occurs with Jimmie, it is going to be like a light-weight swap. Hastily it is going to go off and he’ll be working up within the prime 5, no drawback.
“However, it takes some time to get there and it simply exhibits how aggressive IndyCar racing is.”
Jimmie Johnson, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, Tony Kanaan
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Johnson, who was lapped on his option to ending 23rd within the St Petersburg season-opener final month, backed himself earlier this yr to be “way more aggressive” on ovals.
Though the dynamics of racing a single-seater on an oval differ vastly to that of a inventory automobile, Johnson remarked that he was “stunned how acquainted it felt” driving the Texas oval in testing.
Unser mentioned he believes Johnson’s years of expertise on ovals will show helpful.
“Expertise is expertise in race automobiles, it does not matter what the race automobile is,” he added.