JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1, met with media and discussed today’s announcement that Ally Financial has extended its contract with Hendrick Motorsports through the 2023 season and his undecided future plans.
WE SAW THE ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY ABOUT THE EXTENDED SPONSORSHIP WITH ALLY.
YOU SAID YOU WOULD ANNOUNCE YOUR FUTURE AT A LATER DATE. WHAT’S A LATER DATE FROM THIS MORNING? DO YOU THINK YOU’LL MAKE IT THROUGH 2023 WITH ALLY OR DO YOU HAVE ANY DATES IN MIND?
“No, I haven’t made any decisions at this point. I’m very, very excited that Ally has signed this extension with Hendrick. I think it speaks to the strength of our sport and strength of the relationship with Hendrick Motorsports. I know everybody would like me to be in the car to 2023 and even past that, but I just haven’t made that decision yet. So, I certainly didn’t want to it in the way of this great news coming out, either. And, as this came down the pipeline, I knew I would be in a position to answer a lot of questions that would come with it. But, I just felt like it was such great news, I supported Hendrick in getting this news out right away, and Ally as well, it’s just great for our sport and industry. I don’t have anything to say at this time and I’m going to take every day that I can get from Mr. Hendrick before I have to make my decision.”
DOES HAVING A SPONSOR ALREADY SIGNED CHANGE THE TIMELINE FOR YOU HAVING TO MAKE A DECISION? OBVIOUSLY, IF THERE WASN’T ONE, THOSE THINGS CAN POTENTIALLY GET STRETCHED OUT EVEN LONGER.
“Yeah, I guess I haven’t thought about it on that side. I’ve felt like the relationship has gone very well and I sensed that it would extend all along. But, if we didn’t have a sponsor, there could have been pressure from that side. But, I never felt it and it certainly didn’t get to that spot.”
“I don’t have a timeline. I personally know that I would like every day that I can before I need to make that decision. There’s a lot of things to look at with the Gen-7 car coming and the way our team is performing and what we are building. And, I might want to go longer than 2023. I just don’t know. And, I have not put much time and effort into it. There have been many other things to deal with and look at. These things, in the past, a contract renewal would usually start in the spring of the year the contract would end. So, based on past experience, I would say that probably sprint next year is when I would really get pressure to make a decision if I was going to return in 2021. I hate I don’t have any good news for you. I know you’d love to have that firm timeline, but I just don’t right now.”
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