“..Coming from a culture [Of Hendrick Motorsports]”- Jimmie Johnson’s illustrious past has Petty GMS convinced of the Seven-Timer’s pedigree in a new role

Petty GMS has been on the quest to strive to be the best there is in NASCAR. However, they are nowhere near Hendrick Motorsports or Joe Gibbs Racing. But, just a few weeks ago, the king of NASCAR, Richard Petty’s Cup team, announced the addition of Hendrick Motorsports legend Jimmie Johnson.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – JANUARY 12: Erik Jones, driver of the #43 Petty-GMS Focus Factor Chevrolet, drives during NASCAR’s Next Gen test at Daytona International Speedway on January 12, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Johnson, who is a seven-time Cup Series champion, joined the team as a minority owner and part-time driver. He thus contributing his lifelong experience to the team. Since Johnson walked through the doors, the team has noticed a big change in the internal atmosphere. Of course, his pedigree at Hendrick Motorsports would go a long way in helping the organization push them further up the standings.

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Recently, during an interview, Mike Beam, president of Petty GMS, told Racer: “What excites me is that he comes from a culture [of Hendrick Motorsports]; that is very beautiful. He experienced it and it’s much easier to explain it to people when you’ve experienced it, and that’s where he is.”

Jimmie Johnson commented on joining Petty GMS

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According to his statement to the AP, Johnson had apparently been eyeing the NASCAR team ownership business for quite some time. Apparently, he too was looking down an avenue for action. The former Hendrick Motorsports driver spent nearly two decades in the sport building a plethora of experience during his time. NASCAR isn’t the only thing Johnson is well-versed in. Since he moved into the IndyCar racing series after leaving NASCAR, he has a greater understanding of the various motorsport formats on the American racing scene.

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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – JULY 29: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Carvana Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. Watch during practice for the NTT IndyCar Series Gallagher Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. On July 29, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)

The seven-time Cup Series champion said: “I want to be a part of this.” Additionally, he talked about how everyone watched Michael Jordan join the sport with his own team. Plus, how Trackhouse Racing has revolutionized the traditional look of the sport. Speaking of all these examples, he concluded: “I am honored and grateful to be a part of this.”

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Obviously, Johnson’s immense experience would help the team thrive in the future. In addition, pilots like Noah Gragson from this season joined. Surely with Gragson’s pedigree and Xfinity record, the team can expect a brilliant season ahead. His invaluable experience would definitely help the team prosper in the years to come.

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