Jimmie Johnson is leaving NASCAR in style. Johnson will complete his final NASCAR race in a purple and silver Chevrolet on Sunday (Nov. 8).
Hendrick Motorsports revealed the car in an unveiling video on Twitter. The car was inspired by Johnson’s long 19-year career and seven championships. The silver chrome mimics the color of Johnson’s multiple trophies. The metallic chrome is combined by a purple flair, the color of Johnson’s sponsor Ally Financial. The car will also feature a No. 48 painted in neon yellow.
“I’m excited to have that unique, one-of-a-kind-looking race car for my final race,” Johnson said in a Hendrick Motorsports video announcing the paint scheme. “It’s tough to really figure out how you want to handle that and, in my mind, I thought that a chrome car is rarely done in our sport. I think maybe once, maybe twice. But I thought that would be a very fitting way and something very different and unique.”
Johnson’s fellow drivers on the Hendrick Motorsports team will also honor the driver’s legacy. Drivers Chase Elliott and teammates Alex Bowman and William Byron will sport a similar yellow number on their cars. The color has been a staple of Johnson’s cars throughout his career.
Twitter Reacted to Johnson’s Car Reveal
While some wished Johnson raced his final event in a throwback look, the design had many fans on Twitter. They liked the combination of silver and purple. One person wrote, “Wasn’t expecting that.. looks pretty good.”
Wasn’t expecting that.. looks pretty good— Jeanette (@netter48) November 3, 2020
I like how @allyracing is cool with all the different little changed up paint schemes it’s nice seeing something a lil different every now and again.— Dakota Mahoney (@mahoney285) November 3, 2020
Jimmie Johnson Will Race at the Phoenix Raceway
For his final race in NASCAR, Johnson will race at the Phoenix Raceway in the Cup Series finale. Johnson will be starting 26th during the race on Sunday. The driver decided to step away from NASCAR after this season. He still plans to race and will be competing in the 13 IndyCar Series road and street courses in 2021. Johnson will race for Chip Ganassi Racing.
“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.”
After Johnson leaves, Bowman will take over his No.48 Chevrolet. Kyle Larson will also join the team as their fourth driver.