Whenever the NTT IndyCar Series returns to the racetrack, Jimmie Johnson hopes he eventually can go for a spin, too.
The seven-time NASCAR champion was scheduled to test April 6 at Barber Motorsports Park in anticipation of racing part time in IndyCar next year after his final full-time year in NASCAR this season.
But that test was scrubbed when IndyCar announced this week that all testing would be banned in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
With virtually all of racing currently on hold, Johnson posted photos Friday afternoon of his recent seat-fitting at the Arrow McLaren SP shop in Indianapolis. The Hendrick Motorsports driver vowed to “rip a few laps” in the future.
Johnson also attended the IndyCar test at the Circuit of the Americas last month as a guest of McLaren. He swapped rides with Fernando Alonso after the 2018 Cup season when the two-time champion still drove for McLaren in Formula One.
Scott Dixon was fastest on the second day of Indy 500 practice Thursday, turning a lap at 226.102 mph in his No. 9 Dallara-Honda at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Takuma Sato was second, followed by Marco Andretti, Conor Daly and rookie Alex Palou.
The rest of the top 10 were: Colton Herta, Charlie Kimball, James Hinchcliffe, Fernando Alonso and James Davison.
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The session had one incident as Alonso crashed with just less than an hour left in the session. The Arrow McLaren SP driver was optimistic that the car could be repaired without a backup.
Among the other notables on the speed chart Thursday: Ryan Hunter-Reay (11th); Tony Kanaan (14th); Helio Castroneves (16th); Josef Newgarden (18th); Graham Rahal (19th); Will Power (23rd); Alexander Rossi (26th) and defending race winner Simon Pagenaud (27th).
Felix Rosenqvist (24th) and rookie Dalton Kellett turned the most laps (141) around the 2.5-mile oval.
Teams mostly focused on race setup Thursday as they will receive 80 extra horsepower in the “Fast Friday” practice that will feature speeds above 230 mph for qualifying Saturday and Sunday.
The Indy 500 will take place Aug. 23; coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on NBC with the green flag at 2:30 p.m.
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