“That’s Family” – Jimmie Johnson on Keeping Regular Contact With Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott, and Former NASCAR Team

Published 04/22/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – SEPTEMBER 07: Alex Bowman, driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, talks with Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 08, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


This past Sunday, Alex Bowman took the iconic NASCAR No. 48 car back to Victory Lane on the same day Jimmie Johnson returned to racing in his much-awaited IndyCar Series debut. Johnson himself had phases where he impressed on his way to a 19th place finish on debut.

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The seven-time Cup champion has been away from the Hendrick Motorsports stable and his long-time teammates since his final race in November last year. While Johnson himself has been very busy trying to find his feet in a new racing discipline, he has been in constant contact with his NASCAR ‘family.’

Apr 18, 2021; Richmond, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman (48) celebrates after winning the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

The champion driver said that he knows they’re watching him in the IndyCar Series as well and are very interested in his exploits there. At the same time, ‘seven-time’ is keeping a close eye on the likes of Bowman, Chase Elliott, Chad Knaus, and the team.

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Jimmie Johnson on his camaraderie with Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott, and Hendrick teammates

“I’m plenty busy and so are they. From Cliff (Daniels), Chad, Greg (Ives), Alex, Chase, and even Alan Gustafson, I’ve stayed in contact with those folks. Probably once a month, twice a month. Jeff Andrews as well,” Johnson said in a recent interview.

That’s family there. I know they’re all watching me. Now they know that I’m on track, but when I can, I’m watching them and cheering for them,” he added.

Right after Bowman’s win on Sunday, during the press conference, he was really interested to know how Johnson had performed in his race and was happy for his idol when he learned of his debut.

“Really happy to see the 48 in Victory Lane”

Johnson was excited and emotional as well to see Bowman and the team win in the car he had so much success in himself. At the same time, he was thrilled to see sponsor Ally win their first Cup race with the team.

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“Really excited for Alex, Greg Ives, and Hendrick Motorsports, and of course Ally. I wish I could’ve gotten them the win when they were on my car for those 2 years…I’m really happy to see the 48 back in Victory Lane,” Johnson expressed.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 11: Alex Bowman, driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s for Pros Chevrolet, stand on the grid 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 Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

Up next for Johnson is the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg this Sunday. Meanwhile, Bowman will look to carry his winning momentum when the Cup field visits Talladega this Sunday.

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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