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Three Cars In The Top Ten In St Pete For Ganassi Including A Podium

The 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season-opening Firestone Grand Prix presented by RP Funding showed us all one thing and that is despite a tricky start to the weekend in terms of pace, you can never count out Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ganassi managed to have three of their four cars finish inside the top ten in Sunday’s 100 lap race on the streets of St Petersburg.

In the opening practice session for the race on Friday, Marcus Ericsson in the No.8 Huski Chocolate Honda was the fastest of Ganassi’s four cars in 15th place.

Defending series champion, Alex Palou in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda was 17th while six-time champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda was 19th.

Jimmie Johnson ended the opening session in 24th place in his No.48 Carvana American Legion Honda.

In the second practice session on Saturday morning there was a bit of an improvement from the team with Alex Palou ending the session in seventh place.

Marcus Ericsson improved to 13th while Scott Dixon was 20th. Jimmie Johnson was 26th.

In qualifying for Sunday’s race, Scott Dixon was the leading Ganassi car in seventh place while Marcus Ericsson was eighth. Alex Palou started the race from tenth while Jimmie Johnson started the race from 26th.

In the race itself, it was Alex Palou who made the most progress over the 100 lap race as he came from tenth, making up eight positions to finish on the podium just behind race winner Scott McLaughlin.

Scott Dixon used a three-stop strategy to finish the race in seventh place just ahead of Marcus Ericsson in eighth with the pair finishing where they started.

The Iceman led a number of laps through pit cycles but came home with a solid top ten finish.

Jimmie Johnson finished the race in 23rd place one lap down but felt he made plenty of progress compared to last season and heads to Texas Motor Speedway later this month full of confidence, telling Paddock Eye over the weekend in St Pete that he sees no reason why he can’t challenge to be in the top-15 or even the top ten in the race.

This consistent results are why Chip Ganassi Racing can never be ruled out.

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I Have Far More Confidence

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Jimmie Johnson in the No.48 Carvana American Legion Honda says that he has far more confidence in the car compared to last season when he made his NTT IndyCar Series debut last year.

Johnson says he is happier with how the car is and will start the race from 26th place just behind Tatiana Calderon who set a time of 01:01.0273.

David Malukas starts the race from 24th place just behind Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Jack Harvey and Takuma Sato. Felix Rosenqvist in the No.7 Vuse Chevrolet starts the race from 21st just behind Conor Daly.

Callum Ilott starts the race from 19th just behind Devlin DeFrancesco and Helio Castroneves.

Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward starts the race from 16th place just behind Christian Lundgaard and Dalton Kellett following a great session for AJ Foyt Racing.

Alexander Rossi starts the race from 13th place.

Kyle Kirkwood starts the race from 12th place just behind Graham Rahal and Alex Palou while Josef Newgarden starts the race from ninth just behind Marcus Ericsson while Scott Dixon starts the race from seventh place.

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I Am Excited To Get Into The Ovals

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Jimmie Johnson in the No.48 Carvana American Legion Honda says that he is excited to see what he can do with an IndyCar on ovals this season.

Speaking to Paddock Eye at the Firestone Grand Prix presented by RP Funding on Friday Johnson said that obviously heading into year two the expectations are higher compared to his debut season in 21 having made the step up to a full-time seat.

When it comes to the differences between the IndyCar and NASCAR on an oval, Johnson said it is just a case of trying to understand the speed of an IndyCar on an oval in terms of the G-force loads and the balance of the car.

Johnson revealed that when it comes to a NASCAR when it comes to missing the balance you want to have oversteer going into a corner whereas in an IndyCar you want to have understeer.

Johnson said that he was surprised to experience similar scenarios with the IndyCar and NASCAR during his test at Texas Motor Speedway.

When it comes to his expectations for this year, Johnson said that he would like to finish in the top 15 and that a top-ten mid-season or towards the end of the year would be a great result for him.

When it comes to ovals, he said that he is not sure where he stands because he hasn’t raced an IndyCar on them yet but he says that the top-ten in qualifying and improving from there is the aim.

In terms of the race here in St Pete, Johnson said we have a large rookie field and he is not sure how that is going to shake out in qualifying grid order.

The more forward up the field he starts, Johnson believes he can end the race with a top-15 finish.

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Introducing The Carvana Fan Zone

Chip Ganassi Racing’s new full-time NTT IndyCar Series driver Jimmie Johnson’s primary sponsor, Carvana has announced that, starting with the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg which takes place in just over two weeks that they are introducing the Carvana Fan Zone.

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Johnson Joins IndyCar Full-Time In 2022

Seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson who made his IndyCar debut with Chip Ganassi Racing on a partial programme in 2021 has announced thst he will compete full-time in the NTT IndyCar Series with Ganassi in 2022 driving the No.48 Carvana Honda.

Johnson also confirmed he will compete in the Indianapolis 500 in May.

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Johnson Ready For The Next Chapter In His Career

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Jimmie Johnson will make his NTT IndyCar Series race debut with the team this weekend as the 2021 season gets underway with the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.

The seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion has signed a two year contract to race for Ganassi alongside defending series champion Scott Dixon, Marcus Ericsson and new arrival Alex Palou.

Johnson will race on road and street courses in the No.48 Carvana/NTT DATA Honda while series veteran Tony Kanaan will compete in the oval events including the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge which takes place on May 30.

Since joining Chip Ganassi Racing for the final race of last season, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, Johnson has immersed himself in the team and has become familiar with the car and will not be like a rookie when he hits the track for the first practice session on Friday morning.

Johnson has also spent countless hours at Honda’s simulator so is well prepared for his race debut.