NASCAR Legend Jimmie Johnson Expands IMSA 2021 Schedule With 3 More Races After Rolex 24 Run

Published 03/03/2021, 10:15 AM EST
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


Earlier this year, Jimmie Johnson competed in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. From there, everyone figured that the 45-year-old would begin focusing solely on his IndyCar career. For the most part, this is true, but Johnson is planning to free up his Indy schedule.

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As it happens, this will not be the last that anybody sees of Jimmie Johnson in the endurance racing scene. According to the latest reports, the former Hendrick Motorsports driver will compete in three more races this year. They are Sebring, Watkins Glen, and Road Atlanta.

Once again, the seven-time Cup Series champion will reunite with Action Express Racing and the #48 car. The outfit announced that Johnson will compete in the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup. However, he will be limited to just three events for the moment, namely the Twelve Hours of Sebring, Six Hours of The Glen, and the Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.

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What awaits Jimmie Johnson in the endurance racing series?

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Once again, Johnson will reunite with Simon Pagenaud and Kamui Kobayashi. The Frenchman and the Japanese driver have some fairly impressive credentials under their belts. They include a 2019 Indianapolis 500 win and two Rolex 24 wins respectively, so Johnson is in elite company.

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

There will also be a few familiar faces in the Johnson garage for those three races. To be precise, Jimmie will reunite with his former crew chief, Chad Knaus, at Sebring. In addition to that, Action Express team manager Gary Nelson confirmed that the California native will team up with a few Hendrick pit crew members.

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In other words, Johnson has a few familiar faces surrounding him as he attempts the three endurance races. Aside from that, the seven-time Cup champion is also looking forward to his IndyCar stint with Chip Ganassi Racing. Johnson will be driving the #48 open-wheel car in all of the road course events this season.

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