Jimmie Kenneth Johnson is a professional racing driver born in 1975. He has won a total of seven NASCAR Cup Series championships and seven Indianapolis 500 victories, making him tied for first on both lists.
From 2002 to 2020 he drove for Hendrick Motorsports in the Cup series, which included competing full-time as well as part-time from 2021–2022, where he drove for Chip Ganassi Racing.
In 2020, Johnson Will Officially Retire From Nascar. Why Is He Making This Decision Now?
The seven-time NASCAR champion is putting his family first.
He had no idea what his future plans entailed, but he believes they will involve no more than ten items off his bucket list.
Johnson decided to retire two weeks after the IndyCar season finale, at which time he also attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed. According to AP, he claimed he could get things done without any advance preparation.
Johnson observed, “It’s been interesting to feel so fulfilled and then make a decision. Young people today engage in intensive life planning. The two of us have always dreamed about taking a gap year.
We’ve been delaying a decision to move to Colorado because of the personal and professional turmoil we’re experiencing.
The “Garage 56” entry from NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports was going to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Johnson wants to be one of the three drivers in the Next Gen demonstration at Le Mans, even though the Next Gen vehicle will be the only one of its kind in the race.
If NASCAR wants him to participate, he will clear his schedule before the 2023 IndyCar season begins.
Johnson will not return for a second season with Chip Ganassi Racing. In 2021, he only raced on public highways and streets, in 2022, he began racing on ovals, and today he is undecided about whether or not to race at all.
When it comes to Jimmie, we’ve got his back. If it’s at all possible, Ganassi would like to keep working with him.
For two seasons, Johnson had trouble on street and road courses, but he ruled ovals. Johnson qualified for the Indianapolis 500 at approximately 240 miles per hour and finished fifth in Iowa, but he wrecked out early in the race and did not finish.
Johnson admitted, “I don’t have what it takes to play a full schedule,” but he still wanted to return. I just don’t have the drive for an entire season.
Although Johnson has said he will retire from NASCAR in 2020, he has made it clear that he would consider returning to the sport if the chance presented itself. He’s thinking about scheduling both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 for the same day.
In 2014, Kurt Busch made an attempt at the 1,100-mile race across two states. Despite being 200 miles from the finish line, Busch’s NASCAR closer engine failed.
Only Tony Stewart has crossed the finish line in both races. Earlier than Busch, previous hopefuls included Andretti and Gordon.
Four Times, Johnson Has Been Crowned The Winner Of The Coca-Cola 600.
Besides NASCAR, what else catches his eye? Both the Chicago and North Wilkesboro events are firsts and will be held in 2019. Johnson is ineligible to participate in the All-Star Game and the Clash to Start the Season because he has already won both events.
The future of Johnson is in doubt after the IMSA Petit Le Mans this weekend. While Johnson has spent the last two seasons competing in endurance races with Hendrick and Action Express, he is concerned that there will not be enough cars available for the 2019 season, when IMSA introduces new regulations.
He has expressed interest in the six-race World Endurance Championship and said to AP that he would consider competing in a lower IMSA category such as LMP2. Due to his family’s love of travel, he is interested in seeing Monza, Italy, Fuji Speedway in Japan, and Bahrain.
Johnson is a very involved dad who drives his kids to and from their various after-school activities. They have discussed spending a year at a boarding school in the United Kingdom or France. Chani Johnson is the gallery owner who aspires to expand.
While pursuing her own dreams and aspirations, Chani has always been completely supportive of mine. Johnson said to the AP, “I am cautiously hopeful about the idea.” The needs and duties of my family heavily influence my decisions, making travel and expatriation challenging.
But such choices will be made in the near future. As far as I’m concerned, there’s absolutely zero room for regret. Both the good and the bad have helped shape my perspective. No matter how much time passes, I never feel like anything is ever done.