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Jimmie Johnson wants to drive in IndyCar race on July 4 at Indianapolis

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NASCAR and IndyCar might have found the next driver ready to do “The Double” – with a twist.

Jimmie Johnson told NBC Sports’ Leigh Diffey in a Friday interview (video coming soon) that he will take a “very hard look” at racing in the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course July 4. As part of IndyCar’s revamped schedule, the race was moved from May 9 and will take place directly before the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

The seven-time Cup Series champion will be in town to race the Brickyard 400 the following day.

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Jimmie Johnson to compete in IndyCar iRacing Challenge opener

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Jimmie Johnson, who has expressed an interest in running on a road course in the NTT IndyCar Series after this season, will race against IndyCar drivers in the IndyCar iRacing Challenge at a virtual Watkins Glen International.

The race will be 4 p.m. ET Saturday and streamed at indycar.com and also on IndyCar’s YouTube page and Facebook as well as iRacing’s Twitch. The NBC broadcasting team of Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy will call the action. The entry list of 25 drivers includes Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power.

Johnson stated before this season that this would be his final season racing NASCAR Cup full-time. He was to have tested April 6 for Arrow McLaren at Barber Motorsports Park before that was scrubbed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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IndyCar, NASCAR to race at Indy on July 4 weekend

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IndyCar and NASCAR will race July 4 weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, track officials announced Thursday as part of a rescheduling of events at the speedway.

IMS announced it will move its GMR Grand Prix from May 9 to July 4. It will run on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before the NASCAR Xfinity Series runs on that course that same day. Cup cars will race on the oval on July 5.

“For very good reason, this historic pairing will be circled on the calendar of every motorsports fan,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles said in a statement. “We appreciate our friends at NASCAR for their flexibility and support in this matter and will work with them on a memorable, exciting weekend of racing action.”

On a conference call with reporters Thursday afternoon, Boles said that track officials “along with NASCAR are continuing to hope we can begin racing at some point well before the July 4th weekend event here at the the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We haven’t talked about a contingency plan.”

The move was a part of Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s announced Thursday that it is moving the Indianapolis 500 from May 24 to Aug. 23 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tickets already purchased for the Indianapolis 500, GMR Grand Prix and associated on-track days will be valid on the rescheduled dates. Individuals already in possession of those tickets should use them for entry. To learn more about the adjusted on-track schedule, review customer FAQ’s and submit questions, fans can visit www.ims.com/COVID19.

 

Jimmie Johnson looks forward to trying IndyCar in future

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Jimmie Johnson tweeted Friday that his April 6 test at Barber Motorsports Park with NTT IndyCar team Arrow McLaren is on hold but wants to “rip a few laps” in the future.

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NASCAR postpones Atlanta, Homestead races

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NASCAR announced Friday that it has postponed this weekend’s races at Atlanta Motor Speedway and next weekend’s races at Homestead-Miami Speedway because of COVID-19. No makeup dates have been set.

NASCAR stated: “NASCAR has decided to postpone the race events at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend and Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend. We believe this decision is in the best interest of the safety and well-being of our fans, competitors, officials and everyone associated with our sport. We will continue to monitor this dynamic situation as we assess future race events.”

NASCAR and IndyCar were among the few sports planning to compete this weekend after several sports and events were either postponed or canceled because of COVID-19. IndyCar announced it has canceled all events through April.

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Augusta National Golf Club announced Friday morning that the Masters Tournament, scheduled for April 9-12, has been postponed.

The Boston Marathon, scheduled for April 20, announced Friday that the event has been moved to Sept. 14.

In a letter to fans Thursday night, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver stated: “This hiatus will last at least 30 days and we intend to resume the season, if and when, it becomes safe for all concerned.”

Major League Baseball announced Thursday that it would delay the regular season “by at least two weeks due to the national emergency created by the coronavirus pandemic.” Opening day had been scheduled for March 26.

The NCAA canceled the men’s and women’s basketball tournament, turning March Madness into March Sadness, and all spring sport championships, including some events that would not be held until after Memorial Day.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated Thursday that there were 1,215 total cases of COVID-19 (both confirmed and presumptive awaiting test results) in the United States with 36 deaths. The CDC stated that 42 states and the District of Columbia reported cases.

Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer and car owner Joe Falk were among those who tweeted about the news Friday: