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Jimmie Johnson is set to return to the NASCAR Cup Series in 2023 with Petty GMS Motorsports, but what number will he run on his Chevrolet?
After spending the last two seasons competing in IndyCar following his initial retirement from the NASCAR Cup Series, seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson is set to return to the Cup Series in 2023 with Petty GMS Motorsports.
Johnson is set to join the team in a driver-owner role, though he is only set to compete in select races. He will not compete full-time like teammates Noah Gragson, who is set to replace Ty Dillon behind the wheel of the No. 42 Chevrolet, and Erik Jones, who is set for another year behind the wheel of the No. 43 Chevrolet.
Johnson’s car number has not yet been determined, though despite some speculation, it has been confirmed that it won’t be No. 48, as Alex Bowman is set to continue to drive the No. 48 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. Johnson drove the No. 48 Chevrolet for all 686 of his starts with Hendrick Motorsports, the only team for which he has ever competed in the Cup Series.
What car number will he use next year?
Jimmie Johnson landing spots: No. 1 – No. 92 Chevrolet
This might be the least likely option of the three listed in this article, but the No. 92 is the only other number that Jimmie Johnson has used as a full-time NASCAR driver. He used the number in 2000 and 2001 when he competed for Herzog Motorsports in the Busch (now Xfinity) Series.
With Johnson not running full-time in 2023, however, it may be worth noting that his first ever NASCAR number was No. 59, which he used in just two races during the 1998 Busch Series season with ST Motorsports in 1998.