The legend is leaving. After Sunday’s Season Finale 500 at Phoenix Raceway, Jimmie Johnson will no longer be a full-time driver in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. That job will instead belong to Alex Bowman next year. So, what now?
For Johnson, he will move on to an IndyCar ride with Chip Ganassi Racing and said recently he is dreaming about a return in the Rolex 24. But as far as NASCAR is concerned, unless we get a cameo appearance — and nothing has been planned — this Sunday is our last chance to see “Seven Time” in a stock car.
So with one more weekend to celebrate one of the best drivers ever to put on a fire suit, let’s enjoy some content. Bookmark this page and come back often, because we will add to it as more becomes available.
— Johnson’s final race: One Final Time was good for a fifth-place finish at Phoenix Raceway for the seven-time champion. Hear from Johnson as he tries to put into words what his last race meant to him. READ MORE
— Drivers, peers share send-offs: Chad Knaus, Jeff Gordon and others chimed in on social media to pay tribute to Jimmie Johnson for his final race as a full-time driver. Read their kind words and reactions. READ MORE
— Jimmie Johnson cared when he didn’t have to: Hear from Cup Series contemporaries such as Brad Keselowski as they discuss Johnson as a fellow competitor and the way he acted on and off the track. Find out why Keselowski said Johnson cared when didn’t have to, setting “Seven-Time” apart from the rest. READ MORE
— Silver streak: Johnson unveiled a new silvery look for the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Ally Chevrolet for his final ride at Phoenix. Check it out and discover what his teammates have planned for their paint schemes that will pay tribute to Jimmie. READ MORE
— Johnson reaches out to young designer: Before this season’s fall race at Texas, Johnson surprised one of his biggest fans, a young University of Michigan design student who was bullied on the internet for introducing a Pride scheme to iRacing. See the young man’s reaction, as well as his No. 48 design for that race. READ MORE
— A legacy of lessons: Johnson’s impact on and off the track is immeasurable. Holly Cain looks at his roots, his rise and the mark he has left on competitors across the sport. READ MORE
— Forever family: Emotions are beginning to bubble to the surface for team owner Rick Hendrick ahead of Johnson’s final full-time start in the No. 48 Chevrolet. READ MORE
— Johnson honored at Phoenix: Jimmie Johnson was honored at Phoenix Raceway with a pace lap ahead of the field. Watch as the seven-time champion saluted the fans in his final race as a full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver. WATCH VIDEO
— Favorite Jimmie Johnson memories: As fast as they race and as close as they race, and heck, as much as they race, everyone has a run-in or a rivalry with someone else. But we asked drivers for their favorite Jimmie Johnson memories, and while the stories flourished, not one of them remembered ever being mad at Jimmie. WATCH VIDEO
— Face morph: Clean-shaven, stubbly, marathon-tested and, well, you get the picture. Watch Jimmie Johnson’s face change through the years. For fun, hit pause on the video and see which look you get. WATCH VIDEO
— Photos from Phoenix: Check out the best pictures from Jimmie Johnson’s final race as a full-time driver at Phoenix Raceway. SEE PHOTOS
— Jimmie Johnson’s career in photos: From his early start on dirt to his seventh championship and all the way to the Boston Marathon and everywhere in between, see photos of Johnson in his best and most revealing times. This includes a look at some of the cool tributes tracks have done for him down the stretch. SEE PHOTOS
— 48 reason to love ‘Seven-Time’: Steve Luvender celebrates Jimmie in a fun way that only he can, reaching far back into that mind of his to pull out some gems like Charlie Meatball, “Boom Confetti,” as well as cameos on Superstore and Herbie: Fully Loaded. One thing is for sure, Johnson has led a very cool life. SEE PHOTOS
— All he does is win: Like we said, there are 83 Cup victories, and you can enjoy them all from the first in 2002 at his hometown track of Auto Club Speedway to the most recent in 2017 at Dover International Speedway to tie Cale Yarborough for sixth place on the all-time win list. | READ MORE