Jimmie Johnson’s return to NASCAR will bring plenty of changes, along with a nod to the past, as he rejoins stock-car racing in 2023 as an owner and part-time driver.
Johnson will drive the No. 84 car in the upcoming season, for an undetermined number of races, with the digits a reverse of the No. 48 that became so synonymous with his accomplished racing career.
After becoming a part owner in Petty GMS late last year, the team is being rebranded as Legacy Motor Club, or Legacy M.C. for short.
“After brainstorming about the new name of our team, Maury (Gallagher) and I recognized the opportunity to do something special and different,” Johnson said, referencing the team’s primary owner. “We felt it was important to have a name that honored the past and acknowledged the future. The term ‘Motor Club’ is a nod to car clubs of the past. Legacy M.C. will be an inclusive club for the automobile racing enthusiast.”
Johnson, 47, walked away from his NASCAR legacy after the 2020 season, following 84 Cup Series wins and seven championships, including five straight from 2006-10. He won the Daytona 500 in 2006 and 2013.
He dabbled in IndyCar racing until announcing in September that he would no longer race full time. In November, Johnson purchased his stake in Petty GMS and to date has only announced that he will try to make the field at the Feb. 19 Daytona 500 as a driver.
Legacy M.C. will have a pair of full-time drivers in Erik Jones (No. 43) and Noah Gragson (No. 42) racing in Chevrolets. The No. 43 is the number Richard Petty made famous over his own legendary career.
Johnson brings a wealth of knowledge to the team after becoming one of just three drivers to win seven titles. Petty and Dale Earnhardt also accomplished the feat.