Jimmie Johnson could race NASCAR/IndyCar double at Brickyard in July

NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson is hoping to do a modified version of ‘The Double’ by partaking of his first NTT IndyCar Series race during the July 4 weekend where NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 will take to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval while IndyCar and NASCAR’s Xfinity Series make use of the IMS road course.

With ties to Chevrolet through Hendrick Motorsports, where he’s won seven Cup titles, and to the Chevy-powered Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar team, where he was due to test a car for the first time in April prior to the coronavirus shutdown, Johnson is keen to do the Saturday Indy Grand Prix followed by Sunday’s 400-mile NASCAR event.

“I think that would be an awesome opportunity,” the retiring Californian told NBC Sports.

Jimmie Johnson has won seven NASCAR Cup Series championships and hopes to compete in his first IndyCar race on July 4.

IndyCar veteran Graham Rahal alerted Johnson to the newly combined IndyCar and NASCAR date via social media.

“Clearly [there’s] a lot of things to sort out, and I haven’t even asked permission yet to pull it off,” Johnson said of broaching the idea with Hendrick. “But I love the idea and am so thankful Graham brought it up because I would have probably missed it and reacted too late.”

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