For Jimmie Johnson’s NASCAR Return, 7 Times 7 Could Equal Car No. 49

Dan Smith

Jimmie Johnson will return to the Nascar Cup Series in '65th Daytona 500 on February 19, 2023, but the familiar No. 48 Chevrolet will not appear. That number belongs to Hendrick Motorsports, and the seven-time Nascar Cup Series champion is now riding Alex Bowman's Chevrolet after retiring from full-time Nascar competition at the end of his 2020 season. Johnson has used the No. 48 in the NTT IndyCar Series for the past two seasons with Chip Ganassi Racing, helping to make him a recognizable player in a career that includes 84 Cup Series wins, including two at the Daytona 500. Continuing number. Johnson announced his return to Nascar on November 4th when he became an ownership partner of Petty GMS Racing. The main owner is Molly Gallagher, and his other owner is Richard Petty, who won the Nascar Cup Series seven times and the Daytona 500 he won seven times. Johnson also announced that he would compete in a limited number of NASCAR Cup Series races, including the Daytona 500. Petty GMS formed on December 7, 2021 and had an impressive debut season with driver Eric Jones winning the Southern 500 in the famous No. 43 Chevrolet made famous by Petty.