Jimmie Johnson to Run a Special Chrome Livery in His Final NASCAR Race

Published 11/05/2020, 6:29 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FL: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


This weekend marks the final NASCAR race for the living legend, Jimmie Johnson. The Cup Series paddock heads to the Phoenix Raceway for the season finale. Sadly, the seven-time Cup Series champion is not in the running for the 2020 championship. However, he is still proud of how his career has panned out.

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Now for the 2020 Season Finale 500, the 45-year-old is set to race in a silver-chrome livery in his last race. It is worth noting that fellow NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon also raced in a silver-chrome livery in his final race. Admittedly, the Hendrick Motorsports driver is set to start the race all the way down in 26th place.

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However, he will surely be able to scythe his way up the order. Although a win seems a bit farfetched, he is capable of running in high positions. In fact, he even raced in 2nd place at Texas for a while. Additionally, his best finish in 2020 was a 3rd place at the Dover International Speedway.

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Jimmie Johnson is looking forward to the future

Once he hangs up his NASCAR overalls, Johnson is set to don his IndyCar suit. After two decades, his association with Hendrick Motorsports ends, and he starts a new chapter with Chip Ganassi Racing. He will partner reigning champion Scott Dixon, Marcus Ericsson, and Alex Palou.

However, since the 45-year-old is competing in 13 races, he will share driving duties with the #48 car. Admittedly, his co-driver in the #48 car is still a mystery, though we may expect an announcement from CGR soon.

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BROOKLYN, MI – JUNE 11: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, gestures while on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 11, 2010 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

The seven-time Cup Series winner has already had a few runs in the car. It will also be the first time he races in Honda-powered machinery, as well as his open-wheel debut. Hopefully, he is able to hold his own against a reigning champion and drivers like Ericsson and Palou, who can help him learn the ropes.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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