“Putting on the Superman’s Cape” – Dale Earnhardt Jr Believes Replacing Jimmie Johnson Will Motivate Alex Bowman

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November 20, 2020 8:39 pm

The announcement came late in the season that departing 7-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson would have a replacement from within the team. The No.48 car will now be in the hands of Alex Bowman from the 2021 season.

Bowman, who previously drove the No.88 at Hendrick Motorsports, is undoubtedly going to take on a tremendous challenge from next year. After all, No.48 is a symbol of excellence and the legacy created by Johnson over the years.

But former Hendrick driver Dale Earnhardt Jr has said that the prospect of seeing Alex in the car excites him. And believes the pressure to deliver will get channelized positively by him, to continue bringing home more success for the team.

Replacing Jimmie Johnson an “even bigger” challenge says Earnhardt Jr

The former Hendrick driver stated, “I’m excited for Alex to get into the 48. He’s basically just gonna change the decals on his own car. But he followed in my footsteps as he stepped into the Hendrick car, the no.88 car at Hendrick Motorsports.”

Sep 27, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman (88) and driver Denny Hamlin (11) lead the field during the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmie Johnson drove magnificently in a career that spanned over 2 decades. Most importantly though, it yielded 7 Cup Series championships that are a joint-record and placed him among the all-time greats.

“And now he takes on an even bigger challenge by putting on the Superman’s cape. You know he’s going to drive the no.48 following Jimmie Johnson, which would be tough for anybody.

“But I think that that pressure can motivate and push Alex to even more success.”

Chase Elliott will face a good fight from his teammate Bowman in 2021

Earlier last month, Bowman regarded the switch as an honor. He said at the time, “I’ve worked my entire life to be in a situation like this. The opportunity to drive a legendary car like the ‘48’ with incredible support from Ally, it truly can’t get any better.”

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 11: Alex Bowman, driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, walks to his car during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 11, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Of the 4 contracted cars to Hendrick, it was the No.9 of Chase Elliott that stood tall and strong to win the 2020 Cup Series championship.

Make no mistake though, Bowman will fight right back when the new season gets underway in Daytona in a few months’ time.

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Bhargav Gopal

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. Bhargav is quite a genius in his field, having won the All-India Marketing Case Study Competition 2015. He also loves to combine his love for marketing and sports by taking part in competitions like Knockout: Sports Marketing Case Study by IIM Ahmedabad.

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