Jimmie Johnson and Fernando Alonso are two of the biggest names in racing.
Johnson is a record-tying seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and arguably the best ever to drive a stock car, while Alonso is a two-time Formula 1 world champion who has his eye on winning the Triple Crown of Motorsport – the Indianapolis 500, the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France and the Monaco Grand Prix – and has already won the last two legs.
Wednesday, Alonso and Johnson each tweeted the same video that featured a scripted phone call between them as they complimented each other’s style of competition. It ends with shots of them racing their respective cars with the text: “Two champions” and “To be continued”.
But what does it all mean?
The obvious reaction focuses on Alonso, who recently announced he will retire from F1 at the end of the 2018 season. But since he’s been vocal about wanting to try the Indy 500 again for a shot at winning it, it’s fair to assume he’s not done with racing altogether.
Does that mean he wants to try stock cars too? Did NASCAR’s pitch for him to run the Daytona 500 work?
Is he joining Johnson at Hendrick Motorsports for a full NASCAR schedule? Will he try both IndyCar and NASCAR for a racing team that competes in both (such as Team Penske or Chip Ganassi Racing, but not Hendrick)?
But what about Johnson? Is he thinking of trying Formula 1? Are they going to have a friendly race against each other? Will they swap rides to see which type of car is harder to pilot?
Seriously, what does this mean? No one knows (yet), although Kyle Larson offered a suggestion filled with exhaustion, about a nine-hour flight and a lot of jet lag.
As the video said, to be continued.
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