Jimmie Johnson has officially wrapped up his 20-year long career in NASCAR. With this, he will race in the IndyCar Series from 2021 on a two-year contract with Chip Ganassi Racing. At the recently concluded season finale at the Phoenix Raceway, he was feeling a bit emotional, and rightly so.
In a recent video, he confessed that he had always dreamed of racing when he was young. Ahead of the Phoenix race, he declared that he was looking forward to racing there for one last time. When he got to the track, Johnson was able to spend some time catching up with the other drivers.
Later on, the 7-time Cup Series champion raced his heart out and it showed when he finished in a fine fifth place. Jimmie Johnson also went to congratulate his teammate and newly-crowned champion, Chase Elliott. After the race, he went around bidding farewell to his contemporaries and his Hendrick Motorsports team for the last time.
Seven Cup Series titles are nothing to scoff at. Especially since he has equaled Dale Earnhardt Sr and Richard Petty’s record. Obviously, records are meant to be broken. However, it will be very difficult for any driver to try and match the trio or beat them.
Aside from being an exceptional driver, Jimmie Johnson is also a well-loved person away from the track. The 45-year-old leaves a massive void in the community and many love him for it. Without a doubt, he has earned the right to be considered a legend in the sport.
Now, the former driver will be looking forward to his IndyCar debut. As per his contract, Johnson is only participating in road course races and will be giddy with excitement. He will also be learning under reigning champion, Scott Dixon and his other teammates.