What you need to know Indy 500 rookie Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon's former teammate

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The 2022 Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 29. The 33-car field will race 200 laps around the 2½-mile oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Here is what you should know about Jimmie Johnson, who drives the No. 48 Honda-powered car for Chip Ganassi Racing.

How old is Jimmie Johnson?

46.

What nationality is Jimmie Johnson?

Johnson is from the United States. He is a native of California.

Jimmie Johnson is a NASCAR legend

Johnson won seven NASCAR Cup Series championship and 83 races, including the Daytona 500 twice and the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway four times (2006, '08, '09, '12).

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Jimmie Johnson in IndyCar

Johnson drove only road and street courses in 2021, finishing 26th in points. In his first IndyCar oval in 2022, he finished sixth at Texas.

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Jimmie Johnson is an Indy 500 rookie

Johnson has won four times on the IMS oval in NASCAR Cup competition (2006, '08, '09, '12), but this is his first IndyCar race on the 2½-mile oval.

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Are Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson friends?

Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson were Hendrick Motorsports teammates from 2001-15. Gordon joined Hendrick in 1992 and remained there until his retirement in 2016. Johnson drove for Hendrick from 2001-20.

Jimmie Johnson injury

Johnson had a rough weekend at the Long Beach Grand Prix, suffering a broken hand during practice and making barrier contact twice more that weekend.

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