NASCAR Icon Jimmie Johnson Takes Up New Hobby, Gets Cheeky Response From Clint Bowyer

Published 03/07/2021, 8:50 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 09: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway on February 9, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)


It has been a different off-season this time around for racing legend Jimmie Johnson. Having retired from NASCAR, he now has more time to dedicate to some new things in life.

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One of which is learning a new hobby, and Johnson has seemingly taken to painting. In a tweet by the Hendrick Motorsports superstar, he displayed a picture of his latest work.

Johnson’s original tweet’s caption read, “Chani is encouraging me to take up safer hobbies.”

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Former NASCAR colleague Clint Bowyer then responded to it by saying, “You’ve changed.”

Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer also exchanged some good-natured banter last week

Certainly much like many of Johnson’s fans, Bowyer did not expect Johnson to get behind a paintbrush! The ‘change’ then, from the looks of it, started after he traded a move from NASCAR to the IndyCar Series.

Bowyer, alongside NASCAR stars Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch, also had some good fun with Johnson last week. The latest IndyCar entrant had earlier released a picture of his new firesuit, but his stock car racing friends were quite disappointed with his bottoms!

Johnson then posted another picture with his IMSA racesuit in the boot-cut style and also tagged Bowyer in it.

But after this, one can only wonder what fresh hobbies the former Cup Series star might pick up in the future!

Johnson has been preparing hard for his rookie season in the IndyCar Series

While the fun and games will go on, the 45-year-old has been busy at work preparing for a new chapter in his racing career. Johnson has already completed tests at various locations with his Chip Ganassi Racing machinery in an attempt to gain more familiarity.

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Jan 30, 2021; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; IMSA Series driving team of Jimmie Johnson, Kamui Kobayashi, Simon Pagenaud and Mike Rockenfeller (48) during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Johnson made the perfect start to this year, clinching second in the Rolex 24 event alongside drivers Kamui Kobayashi and Simon Pagenaud. Keeping that in mind, he has now extended his IMSA schedule to race in three more events, including the notable 12 Hours of Sebring clash.

Therefore, 2021 will definitely demand Johnson’s full focus and racing commitment. But, make no mistake, the seven-time Cup champion certainly knows how to succeed in such challenges.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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