With seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson’s imminent return to NASCAR Cup Series, the question is now what number will he take for his car.
Johnson retired from full-time Cup racing back in 2020. After his retirement, Hendrick Motorsports decided to give his legendary No. 48 to Alex Bowman and he has been driving the car with that number since then.
However, Johnson is set to return to the Cup Series with Petty GMS and ideally, he might have liked to continue with the No. 48 car. However, this doesn’t seem to be happening as Bowman said that he is 100 percent sure about driving the No. 48 next season.
“I don’t see any number change coming,” he told Fox Sports. “I will drive whatever Mr. H tells me to drive. I think you guys know that. But at the same time, I’m 100% sure that it is going to be the “48” car this year. There’s way too much stuff that they would have to change already. … So. it’s not happening.”
Johnson has never driven any other numbered car since his debut in the Cup Series with Hendrick Motorsports. He had the number from 2001-20.
He will run a limited schedule for the 2023 Cup Series season starting with an attempt to qualify for the Daytona 500. While Johnson’s fans would have loved to see him run the No. 48 car again, they will have to do seeing him in a new number for the first time.