Jimmie Johnson recently said his main sponsor, Carvana, will support “whichever way” for him in 2023. Where will he land?
After completing his second year with IndyCar, Jimmie Johnson remains uncontracted to compete in 2023. The 47-year-old recently told Associated Press reporter Jenna Fryer that he has continued financial support from sponsor Carvana for the next year, adding that she will have his back no matter what he does.
In addition to IndyCar, Johnson has competed in IMSA part-time this year and has even expressed his desire to return to NASCAR next season, specifically in the Coca-Cola 600 as part of a Memorial Day double try at the Indy 500. Needless to say, that the seven-time Cup Series champion has options.
With multiple avenues and financial backing to make them happen, here are three potential landing spots for Johnson in 2023.
Jimmie Johnson Landing Spots: #1 – IndyCar
Perhaps the most obvious choice for Johnson is to take part in the series he has been in for the past two years and improve on his first full-time season this year. During his first full-time season in the open-wheel series, he saw his best results coming on the courses he once resisted: ovals.
His best finishes were at Texas Motor Speedway and Iowa Speedway, where he finished sixth and fifth, respectively. But his progress on road and road courses from 2021 may not have been to his liking as he actually finished worse at some races in 2022.
Chip Ganassi Racing owner Chip Ganassi may be hesitant to re-sign Johnson, who just ended his two-year contract, given the struggles he’s had. But with Carvana’s sponsorship, it can be difficult to evade this opportunity. In fact, prior to the unfolding of the Alex Palou drama, Ganassi had said that he plans to keep his team on the “status quo” for the next year.
It would make sense for Ganassi to re-sign Johnson if he brings sponsorship from Carvana, and for the El Cajon native, Californian, it would allow him to continue competing in the series he’s dreamed of since childhood.