NASCAR Legend Jimmie Johnson Leaves Fans in Awe Over His Stunning New Car for Rolex 24

Published 01/17/2021, 10:00 AM EST
HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 20: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, poses for a portrait after winning the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)


The 2021 Rolex 24 at Daytona is fast approaching and so, drivers are ramping up their respective preparations. One keen competitor awaiting to make his mark in the race is seven-time Cup Series champion, Jimmie Johnson.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The 45-year-old joins up with an elite list of drivers quite accomplished in other racing disciplines. It would be the first time since 2011 that Johnson will take part in the prestigious event.

Taking to Instagram, Johnson revealed a picture of the sportscar his team will be using in the event. Naturally, the comments section was flooded with a myriad of responses from his followers.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Jimmie Johnson posted a picture of the sportscar marked with the traditional No.48

Johnson’s post’s caption read, “I can’t wait to spend 24 hours with you. #Rolex24”

Admittedly, the elegantly designed Cadillac does have a certain visual appeal and panache in its design.

As mentioned earlier, Johnson would have three world-class drivers teaming up alongside him for the marquee IMSA sportscar event. The likes of Simon Pagenaud, Kamui Kobayashi, and Mike Rockenfeller will race as part of an impressive Action Express Racing lineup.

Johnson had earlier stated, “It’s been a while. The car has evolved I think two generations since my last race in the Rolex 24.

“To drive for Action, to have this opportunity to compete with Kamui, with Simon, and with Mike, it’s just such a unique opportunity and one I’m really proud to be a part of.”

Johnson’s former teammate Elliott will also be competing in the Rolex 24

It would seem like Johnson finally has the chance of laying claim to the Rolex 24 title having finished runner-up twice before. However, his team, Action Express Racing, is also fielding another car, consisting of a lineup headlined by 2020 Cup Series winner, Chase Elliott.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

LONG POND, PA – JUNE 01: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s for Pros Chevrolet, talk in the garage during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Elliott and Johnson were of course former teammates at Hendrick Motorsports. Both share the same aspirations and a winning mentality, with the pair also spending a fair share racing at the Daytona International Speedway.

It could then be a matter of fine margins when both take to the track in a fortnight’s time. Endurance is the name of the game, and it will interest to see how both Elliott and Johnson fare in the event.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

DIVE DEEPER

Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson, and Others Set for Rolex 24 Qualifying as Entry List Confirms 50 Cars

4 months ago

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Bhargav Gopal

927 articles

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.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT