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AVONDALE, ARIZONA - NOVEMBER 09: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bluegreen Vacations 500 at ISM Raceway on November 09, 2019 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Jimmie Johnson still plans to retire at the end of 2020


If not for the pandemic, which caused NASCAR to leave Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 13, [Jimmie] Johnson would be a dozen races into what was supposed to be a farewell tour of sorts, his 19th and final full-time season. Instead, he has run only four races and has no idea what the remaining schedule will be. NASCAR has announced its plans only through May 27.

But while he says that he still has his eye on more racing, specifically IndyCar and sports cars, the parts of the 2020 season lost to the pandemic have not changed his mind about this year’s farewell plans.

"It’s only cemented my decision in making 2020 my last full-time year in Cup. But I still have some plans to race, and hopefully I’m going to have some time to gear up to make some decisions soon on what I can do in ’21 and beyond."

ESPN