Jimmie Johnson Sep 22, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Race car driver Jimmie Johnson stands on the eighth tee during the foursomes match play of the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like one of racing’s most iconic and legendary drivers will be stepping away from the driver’s seat as NACAR legend and current IndyCar driver Jimmie Johnson is set to retire from full-time racing following this season.

Johnson announced the news to the Associated Press, saying that he wants to turn his focus toward spending time with his family.

“It’s been an interesting process to feel so fulfilled with the experience and then also try to make a decision,” Johnson told the Associated Press. “In the big scheme of things, there is so much life-planning going on with the kids. We’ve always had an idea of trying to live abroad for a year or two. We love Colorado and want to spend more time there, and there’s just so much swirling personally and professionally that I just wanted to take some time and make the decision not on the back of a positive or negative experience on the racetrack.”

Johnson’s massive decision to retire led to plenty of reactions in the NASCAR and IndyCar world.



Johnson previously retired from full-time racing back in 2020, but in 2022 he participated in the full 2022 IndyCar schedule driving the No. 48 car for Chip Ganassi Racing. Now, he’s walking away from full-time racing for good, although he is planning to participate in no more than 10 “bucket-list” events – though he does not sure what that looks like.

[Associated Press]