NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson will be honored by his Hendrick Motorsports teammates when they hit the track this weekend.
According to hendrickmotorsports.com, Alex Bowman, William Byron, and Chase Elliott will all have yellow numbers painted on their Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LEs as Johnson competes as a full-time Cup Series driver for the last time on Sunday, Nov. 8, at Phoenix Raceway.
The team took to its Twitter account “@TeamHendrick” on Monday, Nov. 2, to announce plans to honor Johnson. “On Sunday, we race as one to honor the great @JimmieJohnson. #OneFinalTime,” the Tweet said.
The yellow numbers will be familiar to race fans, as Jimmie Johnson always hit the track with his No. 48 adorned in yellow. Johnson announced plans to retire after the 2020 season in November 2019.
“I’m so thankful for 18 incredible years of racing in NASCAR,” Johnson said at the time. “The sport has been good to me. It has allowed me to do something I truly love. I showed up chasing a dream and achieved more than I ever thought possible. I’m looking forward to next season and celebrating what will be my last year as a full-time NASCAR Cup driver. I know what this team is capable of, and I hope 2020 is one of the best yet.”
As we’ve previously mentioned, since announcing his retirement Johnson has received some interesting gifts from the Twitter account “@narcasm.” The gifts included a golden horseshoe, a copy of the movie “Dodgeball” and a trophy for a 2006 Golf Cart Surfing awards.
Johnson’s racing career has been a successful one, spanning 19 years. He won seven Cup Series championships, tying him with NASCAR greats Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for the most all-time.
Sunday’s race in Phoenix begins at 3 p.m. ET and airs on NBC. Johnson’s father will serve as the grand marshal of the race.