Nascar legend Jimmie Johnson confirms series return as part-owner and driver

Seven-time champion returns with Petty GMS after two years in IndyCar.

Seven-time Nascar Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson has confirmed his return to the stock car racing series as a part-time owner and driver of the Petty GMS team.

After two years racing in the open-wheel IndyCar Series, he will become part-owner of the Petty GMS team and enter approximately five races during the season.

“I’ve had a watchful eye on the ownership part and what’s happening with Nascar, and the opportunity that I have here, the business structure and the model with Nascar charters is just so different from than anything else in motorsports,” Johnson told the Associated Press.

“I want to be part of it. We certainly watched Michael Jordan join, what the Trackhouse Racing folks have done, and there’s all these rumors of people who want to get into the sport. I’m honoured and thankful that I’m going to be part of it.”

He will likely take part in the Daytona 500 and the Coca-Cola 600, while he could also be a Nascar representative in the Garage 56 project tackling next year's 24 Hours of Le Mans.

It was previously announced that Johnson had secured Carvana backing for 2023, with the used car dealer set to provide support with no financial constraints or limits.

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