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.”

Peacock to stream all Supercross and Motocross races in 2023, plus inaugural SuperMotocross Championship

Peacock Supercross Motocross 2023
Feld Entertainment, Inc.

NBC Sports and Feld Motor Sports announced that Peacock and the NBC family of networks will stream all 31 races of the combined Monster Energy Supercross, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and the newly created SuperMotocross World Championship beginning January 7, 2023 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California and ending October 14 in the place where Supercross was born: the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The combined series will create a 10-month calendar of events, making it one of the longest professional sports’ seasons in the United States.

The agreement is for multiple years. The season finale will air live on Peacock and the USA Network.

Peacock will present live coverage of all races, qualifying and heats across both series. The 31 total races will mark a record for the combined number of Supercross and Pro Motocross events that NBC Sports will present in a single season.

NBC, USA Network and CNBC will provide coverage of all races, including the SuperMotocross World Championship Playoffs and Final, through 2023 and beyond. For more information about the Peacock streaming service, click here.

“With our wide array of live and original motorsports offerings, Peacock is a natural home for Supercross and Pro Motocross races,” said Rick Cordella, Chief Commercial Officer, Peacock. “We’re looking forward to providing fans with an easily-accessible destination to find every race all season long, including the exciting finish with the newly formed SuperMotocross World Championship.”

MORE: A conversation about media rights created the new SuperMotocross World Championship Series

The NBC family of networks has been home to Supercross for the past several seasons and this is a continuation of that relationship. The media rights for both series expired at the end of 2022, which allowed Supercross and Motocross to combine their efforts.

In fact, it was that conversation that led to the formation of the SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX).

The SMX series will begin on September 9, 2023 after the conclusion of the Pro Motocross season. Points will accumulate from both series to seed the SMX championship, which creates a record number of unified races.

“The SuperMotocross World Championship adds a new dimension to the annual Supercross and Pro Motocross seasons that will result in crowning the ultimate World Champion,” said Stephen C. Yaros, SVP Global Media and Supercross for Feld Motor Sports. “We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with NBC Sports so our fans can watch all the racing action streaming live on Peacock and the option to also watch select rounds on NBC, USA Network and CNBC.”

Complete 2023 coverage schedules for Supercross, Pro Motocross and the SuperMotocross World Championship on Peacock, NBC, USA Network and CNBC will be announced in the near future.