As part of his new endeavors as part-owner of NASCAR Chevy team Legacy Motor Club, seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson announced that he will compete part-time in the 2023 Cup Series season. He kicked things off by racing in the 2023 Daytona 500, and has now revealed that he will once again take control of the No. 84 NASCAR Chevy Camaro ZL1 for the race at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) as well as the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte.
“COTA has been on my racing ‘bucket list’ for a very long time,” said Johnson in a statement, referencing the fact that he retired before the Texas road course was added to the Cup Series schedule. “But my timing was off by a year or so. I was hoping it was going to be on the IndyCar schedule – and it wasn’t – and then they added it to the NASCAR schedule after I left. I’m excited to finally be able to check this one off the list and thankful to Club Wyndham for making it happen. From everything I’ve heard, NASCAR drivers have had a lot of fun racing at COTA, so to say I’m looking forward to it is an understatement.”
While Johnson will be a rookie at COTA, he has plenty of success, and experience, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He has eight victories at the 1.5-mile oval track, half of which were earned in the longest race on the NASCAR circuit, the Coca-Cola 600, which is held annually at Charlotte over Memorial Day weekend.
“The Coke 600 is one of those premiere races on the schedule,” said Johnson. “For fans, it’s truly one of the greatest days in motorsports with Monaco [Formula 1], IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500, and then NASCAR’s longest race that starts in the afternoon and ends at night. Last year I lived out another ‘bucket list’ item and was able to race in the Indy 500. I’m looking forward to driving this Next Gen car at Charlotte and putting on a great show for Club Wyndham.”
Johnson’s No. 84 NASCAR Chevy will carry the colors of Club Wyndham for both of these forthcoming events. As a reminder, COTA will take place on March 26th, while the Coca-Cola 600 is scheduled for May 28th. Johnson will also compete in the inaugural Chicago street race on July 2nd.