NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson eyes IndyCar, enters virtual race

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Driver Jimmie Johnson acknowledges fans as he walks to the drivers’ meeting prior to a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Phoenix Raceway, Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson is stepping up his preparation for a possible move into IndyCar racing by entering the series’ inaugural virtual racing event.

The seven-time NASCAR champion is the 26th driver entered into Saturday’s online race.

Fans voted for the drivers to race their simulators at Watkins Glen International in New York.

Johnson says he’s retiring from full-time NASCAR at the end of this season. He wants to try racing in IndyCar, IMSA and other series.

He was scheduled to test an Indy car next month in Alabama but that was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.  

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