Has virtual racing given Jimmie Johnson a head start on IndyCar?

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NTT IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal believes Jimmie Johnson will be competing in a limited number of IndyCar races next season once his full-time NASCAR Cup career concludes at the end of this season.

Johnson joins the full field of NTT IndyCar Series drivers for the second week in a row Saturday at virtual Barber Motorsports Park.

“I think it’s been great to have Jimmie cross over,” Rahal said Friday in answering a question posed by NBCSports.com. “I think Jimmie is a tremendous guy who is so well-respected in our sport. To have him come and race at Watkins Glen last week was big. He will be better at Barber than Watkins because he practiced a lot. Jimmie was on the sim a ton. He was expecting to test there in April with Robbie Wickens’ team (Arrow McLaren SP). I know he spent a ton of time on the sim.”

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