Motorsports World Cup | Jimmie Johnson, a seven-time NASCAR champion, has purchased a share in Petty GMS Racing 2022
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Jimmie Johnson is returning to the Motorsports World Cup Series. And is currently the owner of a NASCAR franchise.
Motorsports World Cup, Johnson purchased a share in Petty GMS Racing on Friday and will drive part-time in 2023, according to Petty GMS Racing. The itinerary for Johnson is unknown, but the team has announced that he will try to qualify for the Daytona 500 in February at the Motorsports World Cup.
The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has announced that he would retire from full-time racing after the conclusion of the 2022 IndyCar season at the Motorsports World Cup. In 2022, he raced full-time in IndyCar and made his Indianapolis 500 debut in an otherwise unsuccessful season. Johnson has two top ten finishes in 17 races, with an average finish of roughly 19th. In the standings, he finished ahead of just three other full-time drivers.
Johnson announced his retirement from NASCAR at the conclusion of the 2020 season, saying he wanted to pursue other racing opportunities at the Motorsports World Cup. He competed part-time in IndyCar in 2021 before racing full-time this season, and he has raced part-time in IMSA for the previous two seasons. He’s been suggested as a possible contender for the 24 Hours of Le Mans this summer as part of a NASCAR push to field a vehicle in the legendary endurance event.
Johnson said towards the conclusion of the 2022 season that he still intended to race part-time and has never ruled out returning to select NASCAR races at the Motorsports World Cup. He’s currently part of an ownership group that includes 14 Cup Series champions.
“What an amazing moment for Petty GMS,” remarked Richard Petty, seven-time Cup winner. “We’ve done so much this year with Maury [Gallagher], and now adding Jimmie can only help us improve.” Having Jimmie, another seven-time champion, on the team, and his ability both on and off the track, will be great for Petty GMS at the Motorsports World Cup. I’m excited to have him on our team and see what we can accomplish together.”
In Sunday’s season finale against Phoenix, Petty GMS will conclude its first season in its present incarnation. The old Richard Petty Motorsports World Cup team was purchased by GMS Racing, an Xfinity and Truck Series team, before of the season and expanded to two cars. Erik Jones is driving the No. 43 vehicle, while Ty Dillon is driving the No. 42. Dillon will be replaced in the vehicle by Noah Gragson in 2023.
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