As NASCAR’s 2020 season drew to a close, so did seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson’s full-time Cup Racing career.
The path for Johnson is clear for now. Take a break away from the hectic schedule of racing, while taking part in some IndyCar events in 2021.
Introduced for the final time as a full-time @NASCAR Cup Series driver…@JIMMIEJOHNSON! #OneFinalTime #ThanksJimmie pic.twitter.com/j8RSusSHUq
— #NASCARPlayoffs on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) November 8, 2020
However, this is not the end for Johnson in the NASCAR industry. As a matter of fact, he is open to the idea of running in Cup or Xfinity races in the future.
“I’m really open to it. I wanna step away from full-time racing to just have more time to embrace life and live life and be more present. I know I still need to compete. That’s who I am and how I’m wired. That’s what led to the 13 races I’ll have in the IndyCar Series.”
“Certainly would love to come back if the right opportunity came along in Cup. Or even Xfinity, I know you have an Xfinity team. If the right situation comes along, I’m open to it and I certainly look forward to being back in the garage area.”
The good thing is that Johnson will leave no regrets behind.
“I’ve had a very interesting year as we all have in 2020. But I really have a full heart. I’m really thankful for the journey and the accomplishments I’ve had during these 19 years and looking forward to a big celebration for that.”
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