Jimmie Johnson: 'The opportunity has passed' to run the Indianapolis 500

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nascar/sprint/drivers/213/" data-ylk="slk:Jimmie Johnson">Jimmie Johnson</a> (middle) chats with Will Power (L) and Josef Newgarden at Indianapolis on Thursday. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Jimmie Johnson (middle) chats with Will Power (L) and Josef Newgarden at Indianapolis on Thursday. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

You can stop believing that Jimmie Johnson is ever going to compete in the Indianapolis 500.

The seven-time champion said Thursday that the chances of him running the race are slim to none. He was at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as NASCAR doesn’t begin preparation for Saturday night’s All-Star Race until Friday.

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“I know that this oval is probably not going to happen for me ever,” Johnson said to NBC Sports. “That opportunity has passed for me.”

Johnson, 43, didn’t ever rule out racing in an IndyCar race. But said it’d probably be at a road course if he ever competed in IndyCar.

If Johnson was competing in the 2019 Indianapolis 500 he would be the second-oldest driver in the field behind Helio Castroneves, a three-time Indianapolis 500 champion. The learning curve for Johnson at Indy would only get steeper from here on out.

Kurt Busch is the most recent NASCAR driver to compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same day. Busch did the double in 2014 and completed 906 of the 1,100 scheduled miles because a blown engine in the 600.

The most likely drivers to attempt the double in the future are Kurt’s brother Kyle or Kyle Larson. Both have said they’d like to run the Indy 500 at some point.

Johnson is currently mired in the longest winless streak of his career. He last won at Dover in June of 2017 and 2018 was the first time in his illustrious Cup Series career that he didn’t win a race in a season. He’s got one top five and five top-10 finishes in the first 12 races of 2019 and is 16th in the points standings.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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