Jimmie Johnson will drive Toyota next season

Feb 19, 2023; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (84) check out his car before the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmie Johnson will drive a Toyota next season.

Legacy Motor Club, co-owed by Johnson and Maury Gallagher, recently announced they would leave Chevrolet and join Toyota for the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series season. With the move they will join Joe Gibbs Racing and 23XI Racing under the Toyota banner.

A month ago Johnson said he had not determined his plans for next season, however Toyota Racing Development president David Wilson says that Johnson will race a Toyota Camry before his racing career is over.

“Yes, you will see him in a Toyota (in 2024) and that is something that will be very moving and emotional for me personally, professionally, for Toyota,” Wilson said. “I’ll let Jimmie fill in the blank, but I will just say that Jimmie Johnson will be racing a Toyota Camry before he is done as a racecar driver.”

Teaming up with Jenson Button and Mike Rockenfeller, Johnson recently competed in the 24 hours of Le Mans. Johnson will also compete in the upcoming Cup Series race on the streets of Chicago.

Though three races this season Johnson has a best finish of 31st in the season opening Daytona 500 while driving a third entry, No. 84, for Legacy Motor Club.

“Legacy Motor Club is really in its infancy,” Wilson said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “They’re struggling big time right now, but I’ll be very candid at saying the singular element that convinced me that this was a no-brainer was seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson. I’ve gotten to know Jimmie over the past year and realized just what a quality human being he is and what a great fit he will be to Toyota’s culture.

“Jimmie and his partner Maury have sold us on their commitment to invest in that team and bring the resources and people they need to run at the front. That takes time. We’re going to help them with that. I think overall they will contribute to our overall presence at the top level of NASCAR.”

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