Still going strong at 41, Johnson agrees to 3-year extension

Lucy Hill
June 18, 2017

Hendrick announced the deal with the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Friday. Now, he will have a few more seasons to check more accomplishments off his to-do list.

Seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson will have to give up the 13th starting position and start in the rear for Sunday's Cup race following a spin into the grass Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. The team also says Lowe's has signed an agreement to continue its primary sponsorship of Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet through next year. They will continue that relationship as well through at least the 2018 season, despite the current trend of sponsors cutting back commitments or exiting racing altogether.

"I think in all fairness to the questions and to myself, any contract I sign right now with my age is probably going to raise questions", Johnson said. "I remember hoping to just win one race".

While he is one of the elder statesmen of the NASCAR garage today, Johnson has not slowed down at all.

An eighth title would break the three-way tie he's now in with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for most Cup Series championships. "We need to work a little more on it to make it more comfortable for me, but all things considered we will be ok tomorrow". There's no better person, and he's as good in the race auto today as he's ever been.

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Lowe's is one of a handful of full-time primary sponsors in the Cup Series.

"Jimmie is one of the best to ever drive", said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. Earlier this month, the 41-year-old driver won his 83rd career race, tying him with his childhood hero Cale Yarborough for sixth on the sport's all-time victory list. "We're so fortunate to have him as part of our organization, and I feel even luckier to call him a friend". "Certainly, would love to climb further up the ladder there (in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series)".

Johnson is the only driver to win for Hendrick since the start of the 2016 season. Eight championships, I would love to stand alone at that, but that is all predictable and easy stuff.

"That was in play at one point in time, but we just elected to go a different route", Johnson said of the lifetime contract.

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