Jimmie Johnson picks up Ally to be 2019 sponsor

Seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson’s search for a replacement for the departing sponsorship of Lowe’s has ended. Hendrick Motorsports announced on Sunday that Ally Financial would sponsor Johnson’s No. 48 car for 2019 and beyond.

“The opportunity to work with a partner like Ally is incredible,” Johnson said in a team release. “Their commitment to leading in both the workplace and the community is something that resonates with me in a big way. They’ve sent a strong message about how much they believe in me and in our team, and I will do my part to make sure it’s the best investment they’ve ever made. I’m ready to chase more history with Ally on board the 48.”

Ally signed on for a two-year deal with Johnson covering the entire 2019 and 2020 season.

“This is a proud day for our entire organization,” team owner Rick Hendrick said in a team release. “Ally has built a tremendous brand by putting the customer at the center of their decisions and doing things right. In the same way, Jimmie has always put people first and handled himself like a champion in every sense of the word. Ally’s full-season commitment makes a powerful statement about their enthusiasm for him, our program and the direction of our sport. It’s an unbelievable fit, and all of us are thrilled to launch what will be a long and successful partnership.”

Kevin Meendering, current crew chief for JR Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, will replace Chad Knaus as Johnson’s crew chief in 2019.

“We are beyond thrilled to be in the fast lane with Jimmie Johnson, one of the most successful drivers in the history of NASCAR, and with Hendrick Motorsports, a premier organization in professional sports,” said Jeffrey Brown, CEO at Ally. “Both share Ally’s passion for delivering results for our customers and for our communities, with a deep commitment to ‘do it right’ for the people who count on us most. We look forward to working with this extraordinary team to build a strong and successful relationship as Ally enters this exciting sport.”