Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson will take his last swing at a record breaking eighth Cup title in 2020 before retiring from full time racing NASCAR.
At 44, Johnson has turned in 18 seasons under the Hendricks Motorsports number 48. The 2020 season would be his nineteenth and last.
Johnson made the announcement over social media tweeting the hashtag #Chasing8 with a video explaining his retirement next year as well as anticipating a great season. Autoweek covered his announcement.
3 Record Run
Jimmie Johnson is one of only three drivers to have won seven NASCAR Cup titles. He shares that honor with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. With the hashtag #Chasing8, Johnson hopes to become the first driver to win eight championships before retiring. Johnson’s 83 wins makes him the sixth winningest driver overall, tied with Cale Yarborough. Since the inception of the ‘playoffs, Johnson has qualified fifteen out of the sixteen times.
2 Hendricks From the Beginning
Johnson ends his career exactly where it began, driving for Hendricks Motorsports in the number 48 car. Johnson joined as the teammate of another multiple cup winner Jeff Gordon and quickly distinguished himself.
In his fifth year he won what would be the first in a five year streak of Cup titles. Johnson has been named the Male Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press and is considered by some one of the greatest NASCAR drivers of all time.
1 Dry Spell
Despite all of that, Johnson and the number 48 team have been struggling as of late with 95 green flags without a single win.
This year was the first year since the runoff system began for the NASCAR series that Johnson has failed to qualify. Johnson hopes to break that drought with a third Daytona 500 win at the beginning of the 2020 season.