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Jimmie Johnson returning to IMSA

Jimmie Johnson will be returning to the 2022 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2022 with a revised driver line-up in the #48 Ally-backed Cadillac DPi-V.R.

The entry finished runner-up in the 2021 Rolex 24 at Daytona, and went on to finish seventh, fifth and fourth in the remaining three rounds of IMSA’s championship-within-a-championship, the Michelin Endurance Cup.

Despite becoming the new team principal of the Toyota WEC squad, Kobayashi will return to join seven-time NASCAR champion Johnson in the Cadillac, and their full-time partner will be Mike Rockenfeller. The German was the fourth driver in the #48 at Daytona last January, but now graduates to the third-man role to replace Meyer Shank Racing-bound Simon Pagenaud.

For Daytona, this trio will be joined by Le Mans 24 Hours winner and WEC champion Jose Maria Lopez.

Johnson, who will be making his ninth start in the Rolex 24, stated: “I really enjoyed driving with Action Express Racing last season,” Johnson said. “It’s great to have the opportunity to continue in IMSA with Ally, while working alongside Chad and other former HMS [Hendrick Motorsports] teammates.

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