Seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will make his return to the series in 2023, taking control of the No. 84 NASCAR Chevy Camaro ZL1 for select racing events.
The No. 84 NASCAR Chevy will be fielded by the newly-rebranded Legacy Motor Club, the Cup Series team in which Johnson has a partial ownership stake alongside Richard Petty. Johnson announced his intent to take on an ownership role with the team back in November 2022, signaling his return to NASCAR after a brief stint as an IndyCar driver.
On its Twitter feed, Legacy M.C. released a rendering of a test paint scheme for Johnson’s No. 84 NASCAR Chevy Camaro. The Camaro features a blacked-out livery with gold lettering and numbers, along with the minimalist Legacy M.C. logo on its hood and sides, leaving room for other potential sponsor decals. At this time, the team has not announced what other brands could be displayed on Johnson’s car.
So far, Johnson has announced intent to compete in the 2023 Daytona 500, which will occur on February 19th. Legacy M.C. indicated that Johnson will also pilot the No. 84 NASCAR Chevy in other races throughout the season, and will announce the rest of his schedule at a later date.
The wait is over, No. 84 is here with a slick new test scheme 🤩 pic.twitter.com/E2cqKXJIf8
— LEGACY Motor Club (@PettyGMS) January 11, 2023
Johnson stepped away from full-time Cup Series competition upon conclusion of the 2020 season. Throughout his career, Johnson’s name was nearly synonymous with the No. 48 Chevy, which he drove for Hendrick Motorsports (HMS). However, this number has since been assumed by current HMS driver Alex Bowman, who began running the number in 2021 after Johnson’s retirement. Obviously, Johnson’s new No. 84 is a reversal of the No. 48, allowing him to pay homage to his famous number.
Johnson will race alongside his full-time Legacy M.C. Cup Series drivers: Noah Gragson in the No. 42 Camaro and Erik Jones in the No. 43 Camaro.