Who Will Race for Hendrick Motorsports in the 2021 NASCAR Season?

Published 08/18/2020, 2:43 PM EDT


2021 is approaching rapidly, and that means a new season is on the horizon. Therefore, a number of teams are on the hunt for fresh talent and potential drivers who are not contractually bound. The Hendrick Motorsports team is one such team, thirsting for a free agent.

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The team is in dire straights, especially since Jimmie Johnson is slated to bow out of the grand stage of NASCAR towards the end of the year.

So, the big question is, can anyone fill the void that Johnson leaves? According to some predictions, the team will largely retain its original team but may rope in Erik Jones from Joe Gibbs Racing.

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What are the options for Hendrick Motorsports?

Truthfully, one of the most interesting options is roping in Alex Bowman in the #48 car, to effectively succeed Johnson. This is actually a smart move since Bowman is having a hard time searching for sponsors in 2020.

Bowman is a solid driver and an excellent choice for the outfit.

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48) and Alex Bowman

With Ally sticking to Hendrick Motorsports till at least 2023, having Bowman on the team will be beneficial. Meanwhile, any potential recruit will come in with his own sponsors or will look for some.

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Another good option on the cards is Erik Jones. Jones is set to part ways with Joe Gibbs Racing in the 2021 season. The 24-year-old is a talented driver, so the team will be more than willing to snap him up for a year or two.

It would give the team an opportunity to critically analyze his talents in a new environment.

However, do these drivers have what it takes to replace the legendary Jimmie Johnson? Johnson has truly been one of a kind and his 7 Cup Series titles are a testament to the same.

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Admittedly, replacing a driver of that caliber is difficult if not impossible, but the Hendrick Motorsports team will have to come up with a solution, and fast, for the clock doth tick!

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Dhruv George

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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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