Jimmie Johnson announces Carvana as sponsor for IndyCar venture with Ganassi


Jimmie Johnson unveiled online used car seller Carvana as a major sponsor Saturday as the seven-time champion in the NASCAR Cup Series makes the transition to the NTT IndyCar Series.

According to a release from Chip Ganassi Racing, Carvana will be the “primary partner” for Johnson, who will be testing the No. 48 Dallara-Honda at Barber Motorsports Park and Laguna Seca next month.

Johnson will drive in the full slate of 13 road and street circuits next season.

His schedule will start with the March 7 season opener at St. Petersburg, Florida, and also include Barber Motorsports Park, Long Beach, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Detroit, Road America, Mid-Ohio, Toronto, Nashville, Portland and Laguna Seca.

Team owner Chip Ganassi said the car likely will be fielded at the oval races in 2021 (including the Indianapolis 500), too, for someone aside from Johnson.

Jimmie Johnson and team owner Chip Ganassi (Chris Owens/IndyCar)

Johnson was in St. Pete to announce the deal at a Saturday afternoon news conference with Ganassi and to check out practice and qualifying for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg season finale.

He will be racing Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway and then at Martinsville Speedway and Phoenix Raceway as he concludes his run in the No. 48 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.

Johnson said he has high expectations of winning but realizes there is “a very steep learning curve ahead of myself with new cars, tracks, people. But I love a good challenge and am really excited to start the next chapter in my motorsports career.”

Jimmie Johnson walks through the pits Saturday with Chip Ganassi Racing consultant and four-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti (Chris Jones/IndyCar).

Johnson became enamored with racing in IndyCar after he swapped cars with two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso nearly two years ago. He grew up as an Indy 500 fan in Southern California, and one of the key meetings early in his NASCAR career occurred the at the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

He tested in July for Ganassi at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before officially joining the team last month.

Though he plans to run only street and road courses in the first season, Johnson has said he is open to considering the Indy 500 for 2022.

During an interview last Tuesday on the SiriusXM NASCAR channel, IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Roger Penske said Johnson “hopefully will get the bug on the road course, and we’ll get him to run in the 500.

“He is a pro,” Penske said of Johnson. “His integrity, his transparency, his driving ability, the championships he’s won. It’s time for him to move onto something else, and he gets it, and the chance to hook up with Chip, who’s got if not the best IndyCar ride in the paddock is terrific

“There’s no question that he coming to IndyCar will just bring a lot of his fan base. I’m sure he’ll attract some good sponsors to his car. To me, positive for him, positive for us as a series. To me, it’s an interesting move. I can’t say enough good things about him and what he’s done for the sport. Class guy. Great guy.”

IndyCar results, points after Detroit Grand Prix


DETROIT — Alex Palou topped the results of an NTT IndyCar Series race for the second time this season, extending his championship points lead with his victory in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, who also won the GMR Grand Prix (and the Indy 500 pole position) last month, holds a 51-point lead over teammate Marcus Ericsson (ninth at Detroit) through seven of 17 races this season.

Ganassi, which placed all four of its drivers in the top 10 at Detroit, has three of the top four in the championship standings with Scott Dixon ranked fourth after a fourth at Detroit.

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Indy 500 winner Josef Newgarden is third in the standings after taking a 10th at Detroit. Pato O’Ward slipped to fifth in the points after crashing and finishing 26th

Here are the IndyCar results and points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:


Click here for the official box score from the 100-lap race on a nine-turn, 1.645-mile street course in downtown Detroit.

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Here is the finishing order in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Alex Palou, Honda, 100, Running
2. (7) Will Power, Chevrolet, 100, Running
3. (9) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 100, Running
4. (4) Scott Dixon, Honda, 100, Running
5. (13) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 100, Running
6. (12) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 100, Running
7. (2) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 100, Running
8. (11) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 100, Running
9. (6) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 100, Running
10. (5) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 100, Running
11. (24) Colton Herta, Honda, 100, Running
12. (17) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 100, Running
13. (8) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 100, Running
14. (20) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 100, Running
15. (15) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 100, Running
16. (18) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 100, Running
17. (25) Jack Harvey, Honda, 100, Running
18. (14) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 100, Running
19. (23) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 100, Running
20. (19) Benjamin Pedersen, Chevrolet, 97, Running
21. (22) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 97, Running
22. (26) Sting Ray Robb, Honda, 97, Running
23. (21) David Malukas, Honda, 85, Contact
24. (3) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 80, Contact
25. (27) Graham Rahal, Honda, 50, Contact
26. (10) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 41, Contact
27. (16) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 1, Contact

Winner’s average speed: 80.922 mph; Time of Race: 02:01:58.1171; Margin of victory: 1.1843 seconds; Cautions: 7 for 32 laps; Lead changes: 10 among seven drivers. Lap Leaders: Palou 1-28; Power 29-33; O’Ward 34; Palou 35-55; Power 56-64; Palou 65; Rossi 66; Newgarden 67-68; Kirkwood 69; Ericsson 70-76; Palou 77-100.


Click here for the points tally in the race.

Here are the points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:



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Top 10 in points: Palou 273, Ericsson 222, Newgarden 203, Dixon 194, O’Ward 191, Rossi 176, McLaughlin 175, Power 172, Herta 149, Rosenqvist 148.

Rest of the standings: Grosjean 145, Kirkwood 142, Lundgaard 136, Ilott 116, VeeKay 108, Ferrucci 105, Armstrong 101, Rahal 99, Malukas 91, Daly 88, DeFrancesco 81, Castroneves 80, Harvey 78, Canapino 77, Pagenaud 72, Pedersen 61, Robb 55, Takuma Sato 37, Ed Carpenter 27, Ryan Hunter-Reay 20, Tony Kanaan 18, Marco Andretti 13, RC Enerson 5, Katherine Legge 5.

Next race: IndyCar will head to Road America for the Sonsio Grand Prix, which will take place June 18 with coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.