Bad news for the competition: Jimmie Johnson and Lowe’s will remain with Hendrick Motorsports through at least the 2017 season.
Team owner Rick Hendrick confirmed today that the six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and his longtime sponsor have each signed two-year contract extensions, ending a brief period of speculation that Johnson might not finish his career with HMS.
Crew chief Chad Knaus is also locked in, having recently signed a three-year contract that will keep him atop Johnson’s pit box through the 2018 campaign. Together, they have won 74 races and six championships in seven-plus years together, all of them sponsored by Lowe’s.
Johnson is tied for the top spot in the championship standings as the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup begins this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.