Jimmie Johnson has Carvana sponsorship for 2023 racing plans

MONTEREY, Calif. — Jimmie Johnson announced Friday that sponsor Carvana has agreed to fund next year’s races and that the seven-time NASCAR champion will use the next few weeks to determine his 2023 schedule.

Johnson said just a week ago that he was still seeking financing for a full IndyCar season. But he is also looking forward to the next IndyCar schedule because he wants to be part of NASCAR’s special project to bring a Hendrick Motorsports entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

He hasn’t closed the door on racing another NASCAR race one day, explaining at Laguna Seca Raceway that he has multiple offers to compete in a variety of motorsports series.

“The great news is that Carvana has my back in whatever I choose to do,” Johnson said. “They support his desire to be with me in whatever election he chooses to take in 2023.”

Johnson has tried to be patient in recent months as he waited for sponsorship decisions. He spent nearly his entire NASCAR career with one sponsor until Lowe’s left the sport and Ally took over the last two years of Johnson’s career.

He made the decision to retire from NASCAR after the 2020 season and pursue his childhood dream of racing IndyCar. He found Carvana on his own and took the funding to Chip Ganassi Racing, where Johnson spent his first season racing solo on IndyCar road and oval tracks.

It was a steep learning curve for the NASCAR champion, and this year he added the Indianapolis 500 and the rest of the ovals in his first full IndyCar season. He has been very good on the ovals and dazzled in his first Indy 500 by lapping over 240mph in qualifying.

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Although he still struggles on road and street courses, he has been pretty decent on ovals and led 21 laps at Iowa Speedway. She earned fifth- and sixth-place finishes at IndyCar ovals in Texas and Iowa.

After announcing that Carvana is behind him for next year, Johnson said at this point he just doesn’t know what kind of racing it entails.

“I wish I had more to share. I don’t,” she said. “I need to explore the options in front of me. I need to look inside myself and see what my goals are. I’m just taking some time. I don’t know what my IMSA plans are, I don’t know what my IndyCar plans are, I want to go to Le Mans.

“The whole process takes time, I need to think about it, see what the Johnson team thinks and talk to the girls, but the good news is that Carvana wants to stay.”

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