Jimmie Johnson returns to NASCAR Cup as Petty GMS proprietor, driver - Motor Informed
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Jimmie Johnson returns to NASCAR Cup as Petty GMS proprietor, driver

Johnson, who gained all of his Cup titles with Hendrick Motorsports, has targeted on IndyCar racing and chosen outings within the IMSA SportsCar Championship prior to now two years since bringing his NASCAR profession to a detailed in 2020.

The 47-year-old introduced in September that he would step back from full-time racing next year and wouldn’t return to IndyCar with Chip Ganassi Racing. 

He has now entered an possession settlement with Maury Gallagher and chairman Richard Petty on the Petty GMS organisation. 

The group at the moment fields the famed #43 Chevrolet, at the moment pushed by Erik Jones, whereas Xfinity championship challenger Noah Gragson will change Ty Dillon within the #42 automobile subsequent yr. 

The group will enter a 3rd automobile in a handful of occasions for Johnson, together with the season-opening Daytona 500. It is going to be his 20th look in NASCAR’s greatest race, which he has gained twice earlier than in 2006 and 2013.

“I couldn’t be happier to have Jimmie Johnson becoming a member of Petty GMS,” said Gallagher.

“Now we have been constant since we started our Cup effort final yr in eager to be up entrance and have a successful programme.

“Nobody within the trendy period of NASCAR has gained greater than Jimmie. Having a driver, the caliber of Jimmie, driving our gear and with the ability to present suggestions to our crew chiefs and engineers however most significantly, mentoring Erik and Noah might be invaluable.

Erik Jones, Petty GMS Motorsports, FOCUSfactor Chevrolet Camaro

Erik Jones, Petty GMS Motorsports, FOCUSfactor Chevrolet Camaro

Picture by: John Harrelson / NKP / Motorsport Images

“Maybe most vital of all, Jimmie might be an important companion. I do know I converse for all of the Petty GMS group members, together with Richard Petty, in welcoming Jimmie to the group. Nobody else will have the ability to say they’ve two seven-time Cup champions on their group.

“We need to make a robust assertion subsequent yr and present that we’re right here to contend for wins and championships. I can’t wait to see what we are able to obtain collectively.”

“It’s nice to be again in NASCAR,” mentioned Johnson, who took a greatest end of fifth at Iowa from his 29 IndyCar begins and crashed out of his first begin on the Indianapolis 500 earlier this yr.

“When the IndyCar season ended I began on this journey of what was subsequent. Maury and I related, this chance got here to mild and it’s the proper match for me.

“Crew possession makes a lot sense at this stage of my profession and after spending time with Maury and his household, speaking with Mike (Beam), Dave (Elenz, crew chief of the #43) and Joey (Cohen, Director of Competitors and Engineering), I realised this was one thing I wished to be concerned with from each the enterprise perspective and on the competitors aspect.

“If I’m going to decide to one thing like this, I wish to make a distinction and have one thing tangible to indicate for it when it’s all mentioned and finished. So, this chance with Petty GMS is all of that and rather more.”

Johnson’s 687th NASCAR Cup Collection begin might be his first in a non-Hendrick automobile, having pushed the #48 Chevrolet his whole profession.

Fellow seven-time champion Richard Petty mentioned Johnson’s arrival “will solely proceed to assist us develop”.

Different particulars together with Johnson’s actual racing schedule, sponsorships, paint schemes and automobile quantity might be introduced at a later date.




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