WATCH: The Most Emotional Moments from Jimmie Johnson’s Final NASCAR Cup Series Season

Published 12/20/2020, 12:50 PM EST
BRISTOL, TN – APRIL 06: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, prepares to drive during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Donald Page/Getty Images)


The 2020 Cup Series Season marked the final year for Jimmie Johnson before he retired. In his final season, there were so many tributes for the 45-year-old.

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At the Autoclub 400 race in California, the fans all turned up to salute their local man. Even the drivers performed a parade lap for the seven-time Cup Series champion.

To make matters even better, Johnson’s family also had the honor of waving the green flag. Admittedly, Johnson never reached Victory Lane in 2020, but he came close on a couple of occasions, finishing third on two occasions, at Bristol, and at Dover.

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What else did Jimmie Johnson do in his final NASCAR season?

In another poignant moment, Johnson performed a change of guard. In essence, when Chase Elliott won his maiden Cup Series title, Jimmie Johnson drove over to personally congratulate his teammate.

Without a doubt, the no. 48 driver deserves to be recognized as a NASCAR legend.

Nov 8, 2020; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson (48) pits during the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

When he spoke after the season finale at Phoenix, he said, “My heart’s full. I’m just so happy to have this wonderful career and so many people behind me. First and foremost, my wife Chandra has been with me, every step of the way. My kids… this has just been quite a journey for all of us.”

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On a parting note, he congratulated teammate Chase Elliott for his maiden title. Johnson also admitted that he has been in the game for 19 years and he is truly thankful for the experience.

Now, the NASCAR veteran is set to pursue a new walk of life as he is set to race for Chip Ganassi Racing in the IndyCar series on a part-time basis.

Johnson will participate in all of the road course races, and hopefully, the veteran racer and NASCAR legend will perform well in his Indy debut.

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