ALEX BOWMAN CLEARS THE AIR
The rumours of replacing Jimmie Johnson in the No.48 next year is still a mystery.
The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series, titleholder will climb out of his No.48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet for the last time. The checkered flag falls at Phoenix is around the corner, i.e. in two months, and replacement is still not sure of.
The 2021 Daytona 500 is in due course and who will climb into the spot is left to be guessed.The NASCAR Silly season is going on, and the questions of Jimmie Johnson’s replacement is talk of the town.
There are several rumours, one being the possibility of Hendrick using an in-house option.During a Podcast in July by PRN, one reporter talked of Hendrick Motorsports contracting around four to three cars along with Alex Bowman moving from the No.88 to No.48.
Such talks remain to be mere talks. The car owner Rick Hendrick did not comment about such revelation during his appearance on Sirius NASCAR radio. He did mention that his team will continue to run the four cars in 2021. It has also made a teaser for an announcement in the coming months.
“We’re gonna run four teams. We’ve got an announcement here a little bit later on in the year,” said Hendrick (per a Reddit user). “Right now we’re focusing on the (Playoffs) and see if we can’t get another championship.”
Alex Bowman was questioned on the same matter.
ALEX BOWMAN ON REPLACING JIMMIE JOHNSON
He made a statement he is not aware of such talks, and he is of the understanding that he will continue to drive the No.88.
“I have no clue. Nobody’s talked to me – I’m just here to drive the race car,” said Bowman.
“As far as I know, I’m driving the No. 88 car. Hendrick’s potential downsizing has been the argument because of the economic factor.
Alex Bowman’s No.88 has limited sponsorship this season with support from Chevrolet and No.48 has a full-time sponsor in Ally. Hendrick’s statements seem to convey money is flowing for the team to continue operating since the year 2002.
The air is not clear on who is the one to take over Johnson, but Hendrick’s comments and NASCAR Hall of Famer gives us an idea there is a plan. During a recent appearance on FS1’S NASCAR Race Hub, Gordon simply said to “stay tuned” when it came to who would drive the No. 48 in 2021.