CONCORD, NC (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Hendrick Motorsports Jimmie Johnson is hanging up his full-time driving gloves after the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Season.
The seven-time Cup Series Champion took to Twitter this afternoon to make the announcement:
— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) November 20, 2019
Johnson’s seven championships tie him with the late Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty for the most driver’s titles, all coming in the No. 48 Chevrolet of Hendrick Motorsports.
NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France issued the following statement:
“NASCAR history will always hold Jimmie Johnson in the highest regard, for his hard-charging success on the racetrack and the way he conducted himself as a champion off the track. This remarkable seven-time champion – through his competitive spirit, immense talent and sportsmanship – has made NASCAR a better sport. On behalf of my family and the entire NASCAR community, I thank Jimmie for his dedication to NASCAR and, along with his legions of fans, wish him all the best in his final season. I look forward to watching him race for wins and an eighth NASCAR Cup Championship in 2020.”
Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles issued a statement as well:
“Jimmie Johnson has set a standard of excellence on track that few will ever match in NASCAR history. His legend is secure with a record-tying seven Cup Series titles and four victories in the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard among his 83-career Cup wins. But there’s far more to Jimmie than those impressive statistics. He is one of the classiest, most genuine people to cross the Yard of Bricks in a race car and is a terrific ambassador for the great sport of auto racing that we all love. I’m sure I will be joined by man in wishing Jimmie the best of luck as he tries to win an eighth title and drive to a fifth Brickyard victory to end a storybook career.”
Johnson grew up in El Cajon, California and began racing motorcycles at the age of 5 followed by off-road trucks and eventually the NASCAR Busch (now Xfinity) and Cup Series.
Hendrick Motorsports will announce plans for its 2021 team alignment at a later date.