Hendrick Motorsports has decided to choose one of its drivers to replace Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, Jimmie Johnson.
Hendrick Motorsports made an announcement on Tuesday that Alex Bowman, who is currently driving No.88 Chevrolet for the team will move to the No.88 car for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Season. Bowman will be taking over Jimmie Johnson’s car and also his sponsor, Ally Financial. Johnson is set to retire completely from NASCAR at the end of 2020 season. Bowman will also be moving with Greg Ives, who is his current crew chief to the No.48 next year.
Hendrick also mentioned that they will be naming the 2021 driver of the vacant No.88 Chevrolet seat at a later date.
“We have tremendous faith in this team,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports.
“Every season Alex gets better. Not only do we see it in the statistics, but his confidence and leadership have truly blossomed. Today he’s a proven winner and playoff contender, and his best years are ahead.”
“Greg has won championships and races, and he brings the No. 48 pedigree that’s invaluable. When you add in the amazing enthusiasm and support from Ally, it’s quite a combination. Their partnership makes it all possible, and we look forward to celebrating many successes together in the future.”
27-year-old Alex Bowman is enjoying his best season in the NASCAR Cup Series so far. There are only five races remaining in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Season at the Tucson and Arizona. Bowman is one of the 12 drivers remaining in the playoffs. He secured a victory earlier on in the season at the Auto Club speedway, and also by the help of his crew chief, Ives they have together qualified for the playoffs for three straight seasons.
“I’ve worked my entire life to be in a situation like this,” Bowman said.
“The opportunity to drive a legendary car like the ’48’ with incredible support from Ally, it truly can’t get any better. I’m excited to build on my relationship with Greg, who is a championship-caliber crew chief and knows first-hand what the No. 48 is all about.”
“The pieces are in place, and I’m grateful to Mr. Hendrick and everyone at Hendrick Motorsports and Ally. We’re ready to do it right,” he continued.
“I can’t put my respect for Jimmie into words. To me, the No. 48 team’s legacy is about winning, but also how you go about your business. It’s leadership, confidence, work ethic, being a professional and holding yourself to a higher standard.”
“No one will ever be Jimmie, and he’s given us a championship blueprint to follow.” Bowman concluded.