Johnson hopes to return to IndyCar full-time in 2023

Nothing has been finalized, but Jimmie Johnson says he wants to continue with Chip Ganassi Racing in the No. 48 IndyCar next season and would like to return for the full 17-race schedule, if possible.

“I wish things were already in place,” he said Friday morning in Portland. “You know, it’s clearly the way I think anybody in motorsports likes to operate. When I look back at the announcements, and when things have settled down for me, it’s always been a little bit later in the year just because of my partners and their planning cycle and budget commitment cycle that takes place. So we are working hard on it.

“I wish I had something to report right now. I really love being a part of Chip Ganassi Racing and this whole group here. I love driving these cars and the tracks I’ve been on, so my intention is to keep going. So hopefully, we’ll get all of that together sooner rather than later.

Johnson says he’d like to lighten up his schedule next year, and with IMSA’s move to factory-level programs in its new GTP class, the opportunities to continue doing the longer endurance events in an additional car with Action Express Racing they are scarce. This is where a reduction in travel and a greater focus on IndyCar seems possible, but he would love to go to Le Mans in June to be part of the Chevy NASCAR Cup ZL1 Garage 56 program run by his former team at Hendrick Motorsports and former team . boss Chad Knaus.

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“Now, I’m trying to look at everything; this year with IMSA and IndyCar, I’m in 21 races,” she said. “And I guess I did the race in Sweden, the Race of Champions event, and I’m off to Goodwood. So 25 runs. I think 25 races is probably a bit high for me. I want to trim that next year and have a little more balance. But if I have the opportunity to go to Le Mans, my schedule is open. And especially the Garage 56 show and all my friends that are involved. Yes. I would love to be there. I think we’re all eagerly awaiting the 2023 IndyCar schedule to see if the weekend is open.”

The next order of business for Johnson is to finalize the sponsorship side of his IndyCar program, and if he secures a full budget, he’s aiming to do the full schedule.

“I’m open to any combination of things and I’m just getting started,” he said. “I really don’t think there’s a proper IMSA opportunity next year, so it would be a step in the right direction to get it down to 17. So it’s in that planning phase; I’m still looking at all the options. I want to go drive the Garage 56 car if the hours are open. I want to go to Le Mans. I’ve always wanted to do that. So right now, everything is on the table. And I hope that here, in the next few weeks or months, I can achieve everything.”

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