It cannot be overstated how great Jimmie Johnson is on the track and off it. The man is an icon, and NASCAR will not be the same without him. Chase Elliott will also not tire of singing Johnson’s praises. The 24-year-old has never stopped admiring the NASCAR veteran and respects him highly.
With the 45-year-old set to head to the IndyCar series in 2021, Elliott paid a small tribute to his former teammate. Now, Elliott is set to lead the charge for Hendrick Motorsports, with William Byron, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Larson backing him up. All four drivers are hugely talented and Elliott is the reigning champion.
If Jimmie Johnson was ever worried about the team, he need not fret. The caliber of the 2021 crop will ensure that the team is in good hands. All four drivers are perfectly capable of taking the fight to their rivals, while Elliott will be keen to defend his title.
Speaking of Johnson, the seven-time champion is set to make his IndyCar debut very soon. For the first time in his career, he will be without the familiarity of the Hendrick Motorsports garage. Instead, he is linking up with Chip Ganassi Racing for his two-year deal.
The 48-year-old will have excellent company to back him up for the coming season. To be precise, he has Alex Palou, former F1 driver Marcus Ericsson, and reigning champion, Scott Dixon as his teammates. Luckily, he won’t be the only rookie on the grid, as Scott McLaughlin is making his debut from the V8 Supercars series.
In the coming season, Jimmie Johnson will participate in all but five events. However, the identity of the driver sharing his seat for those five races is still a mystery. Luckily, the IndyCar outfit should have someone lined up very soon.