Seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson announced on Wednesday that he will be retiring from competition following the 2020 race season.
The driver of the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet revealed the news on twitter with a video.
— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) November 20, 2019
Since his rookie season in 2002, Johnson has raced for Hendrick Motorsports and experienced success along the way with 83 victories, including two Daytona 500 victories and four trips to victory lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
There has been speculation all year long about his future in the sport, following a season which saw him not visit victory lane with three top-five’s and 12 top-10’s in 36 races. Notably, he has failed to score a win over his last 95 races.
Johnson and Rick Hendrick will discuss the news on Thursday in a press conference, ahead of the 2020 season which will begin with the Daytona 500 in February.
Ally has signed on-board with Hendrick Motorsports through 2021, with the team stating their future plans will be announced at a later date.
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