Picture Shows How Hendrick Motorsports Have Stunningly Preserved Jimmie Johnson’s Final Car in NASCAR

Published 10/10/2021, 2:05 PM EDT
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 08: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, poses on the grid with his wife Chandra Johnson and their daughters Lydia Norriss Johnson and Genevieve Johnson prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Season Finale 500 at Phoenix Raceway on November 08, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona.Jimmie Johnson is scheduled to retire from full-time NASCAR racing after 2020. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season was the final one for Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson. Admittedly, it was a fairly underwhelming season for him, as he only ended the year in 18th. However, he did enjoy a bit of a swan song with 5th place at the season finale at the Phoenix Raceway.

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On an interesting note, the team has preserved the car that he drove at Phoenix. According to some reports, nobody has touched that car ever since, so it is still in mint condition. In fact, some have discovered that there are still a couple of beer cans lodged in the vents situated on the hood.

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Currently, the #48 car resides in its final resting place at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Now, Johnson has walked away from the NASCAR and Alex Bowman has been appointed his successor. Suffice to say, Bowman seems to be doing a decent job in the car and is currently battling to reach the next round of the Playoffs.

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What is former Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson up to?

At the moment, Johnson is competing in the IndyCar Series and just wrapped up his debut season. Admittedly, it was nothing spectacular, but he can be forgiven because he is just finding his feet. In addition to that, he is also competing solely in road course events. However, he has expressed some interest in taking part in a few oval races.

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Without a doubt, transitioning from ovals in stock cars to road courses in open-wheel cars is difficult. However, he has been adjusting well to the change and is looking forward to the coming season. Recently, he took part in a pre-season test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This test determines his eligibility to compete in the iconic Indianapolis 500, which is regarded as a Crown Jewel event.

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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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