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Rick Hendrick has already found subsequent driver of the No. forty eight Chevrolet.

“Jeff Gordon is returning,” deadpanned the team owner on Th afternoon.

In all seriousness, Hendrick is in no hurry to seek out or announce United Nations agency can take over the automobile in 2021. Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson created it public Wed that the ’20 season are going to be his final full year of competition within the NASCAR Cup Series. Thursday, he distended upon his call whereas voice communication he has an added year left to win races and contend for a championship.

Seeing Johnson being competitive is additionally wherever Hendrick’s focus is.

“We have another year,” aforesaid Hendrick. “Our company is basically excited; we’re planning to place everything we’ve got into all our cars. With Chad [Knaus] sitting here as a giant half in Jimmie’s career and what he’s in serious trouble this company, it’s our goal to urge him absolutely the best, and that we wish to ascertain him withdraw on top; winning and obtaining that championship. we tend to truly talked this the day when we tend to got here from the race in Homestead.”

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In October, Hendrick Motorsports proclaimed that Johnson’s sponsor Ally had signed a three-year extension with the team. Considering that Johnson weekday down with Hendrick that very same month to tell him he wished to retire, Hendrick aforesaid everybody was direct with Ally concerning what was happening.

“We told them,” aforesaid Hendrick. “They were hoping that Jimmie would run four or 5 additional years, however they knew that, and that they were aware that might happen. And they’re excited as a result of i feel you’ll see Ally fall behind him as a sponsor in his last year like you’ve ne’er seen anyone send a man out before.

“They’re happy for Jimmie. They’re not happy that he’s not planning to be there, however they’re smart with it.”

Four-time champion Jeff Gordon may be a co-owner of Johnson’s automobilethough retired, Gordon remains concerned within the business aspect of Hendrick Motorsports.

“I will tell you without delay, we’re not wanting,” he aforesaid of Johnson’s replacement. “It’s simply because we’re not there nonethelessthe foremost necessary issue without delay is specializing in Jimmie going out on prime. He deserves it. He wants. His drive is there. i feel the affiliation between he and (crew chief) drop-off [Daniel] is there.

“We’ve not done an honest enough job giving him the instrumentality the last few years, and we’re terribly centered thereonwe tend to got a while before we’d like to have confidence that.”

Because of Ally having extended through the ’23 season, Gordon, United Nations agency will certainly not be the driving force, admitted there’s no urgency. Ally is confirmatory and wide receptive what happens next.

“In ’21 undoubtedly things ar planning to modification,” aforesaid Gordon, “so we’ve have to be compelled to valuate and appearance at what form of driver goes to suit that automobile.”