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February 5, 2023

Jimmie Johnson to enter Chicago Street Race


Jimmie Johnson looks over the Garage 56 test car in the Daytona International Speedway garage
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Legacy Motor Club’s Jimmie Johnson announced Sunday on FOX that he will enter the NASCAR Cup Series’ inaugural Chicago Street Race.

Johnson has planned a return to the Cup Series on a part-time basis this year, driving the No. 84 Chevrolet in select events. That limited schedule now includes the circuit’s first event on a downtown street course on July 2.

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The Chicago race is the latest addition to Johnson’s portfolio of bucket-list events since he retired from full-time NASCAR competition after the 2020 season. The seven-time Cup champ will attempt to qualify for the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 19 (2:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM) as a non-chartered entrant, and he was added last month to the driver roster for the Garage 56 project that’s set as a special entry at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 10-11.

Johnson, 47, was announced last November as a new part-owner of the Petty GMS organization, which relaunched Jan. 11 as Legacy Motor Club. That rebrand included the unveiling of his car number – No. 84, a reverse of the No. 48 that he carried from the start of his Cup Series career.

Veteran Todd Gordon was tapped Jan. 23 as the crew chief for the Legacy MC No. 84 effort.

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