October 28, 2020
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NASCAR driver Alex Bowman replacing Jimmie Johnson in the No. 48 car in 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hendrick Motorsports dropped a highly anticipated announcement Tuesday afternoon, naming Alex Bowman as the driver for the No. 48 Chevrolet next season in place of seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson.



Jimmie Johnson wearing a military uniform: Alex Bowman, driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, talks with Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sept. 08, 2019 in Indianapolis, IN.


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Alex Bowman, driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, talks with Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sept. 08, 2019 in Indianapolis, IN.

Bowman, who drives the No. 88 for Hendrick in the Cup Series, will be the second driver in the car made famous by Johnson. The 27-year-old from Tucson, Ariz., has competed in the playoffs all three years he has been with Hendrick. He has amassed two wins and 14 top-fives since his rookie Cup start in 2014.

His latest victory at Auto Club Speedway in March

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Jimmie Johnson will be replaced in the 48 car by Alex Bowman

Hendrick Motorsports dropped a highly anticipated announcement Tuesday afternoon, naming Alex Bowman as the driver for the No. 48 Chevrolet next season in place of seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson.

Bowman, who drives the No. 88 for Hendrick in the Cup Series, will be the second driver in the car made famous by Johnson. The 27-year-old from Tuscon, Ariz., has competed in the playoffs all three years he has been with Hendrick. He has amassed two wins and 14 top-fives since his rookie Cup start in 2014.

His latest victory at Auto Club Speedway in March locked in his spot in the 2020 postseason, and he sits 22 points above the cutoff to advance to the Round of 8 following this weekend’s race at the Charlotte Roval.

“Every season, Alex gets better,” Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick said in a statement. “Not only do we see it in the statistics,

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Alex Bowman to drive No. 48 car in 2021

Car owner Rick Hendrick has tabbed Alex Bowman to replace Jimmie Johnson in the No. 48 car next season, the team announced Tuesday.

The 27-year-old Bowman is in his third full season at Hendrick Motorsports. He has two career victories, including a win at Auto Club Speedway in March. Bowman will remain with crew chief Greg Ives. 

“We have tremendous faith in this team,” Hendrick said in a statement from the team. “Every season, Alex gets better. Not only do we see it in the statistics, but his confidence and leadership have truly blossomed. Today he’s a proven winner and playoff contender, and his best years are ahead. Greg has won championships and races, and he brings the No. 48 pedigree that’s invaluable. When you add in the amazing enthusiasm and support from Ally, it’s quite a combination. Their partnership makes it all possible, and we look forward to celebrating

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