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Jimmie Johnson works in IndyCar test at Indianapolis road course

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson finally got to try his hand in a NTT IndyCar Series car Tuesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Johnson, who will retire from full-time NASCAR racing at the end of the 2020 season, turned laps on the Indianapolis road course in one of Chip Ganassi Racing’s IndyCars. The deal had been in place since June with team owner Chip Ganassi, even though Johnson drives for Hendrick Motorsports. Johnson has publicly expressed interest in running IndyCar events after retiring.

Johnson was originally supposed to do the IndyCar test earlier this month after the NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend at Indianapolis. A self-reported positive COVID-19 test prevented him from participating in any on-track activities, though, including his final Brickyard 400 as a full-time driver. NASCAR Xfinity Series and JR Motorsports driver Justin Allgaier filled in the No. 48 Chevrolet and finished 37th after a pit-road pile-up prematurely ended his day.

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The absence ended a 663 consecutive-starts streak for Johnson in the NASCAR Cup Series. Two negative COVID-19 tests later and Johnson was cleared by the sanctioning body to return. He missed only the one event.

Johnson’s IndyCar seat time comes after an off-weekend for the NASCAR Cup Series and before Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports App, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).