NASCAR veteran Alex Bowman will replace 7-time champion Jimmie Johnson at the wheel of the #48 Chevrolet in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Season. Bowman, who has 2 career NASCAR Cup Series victories has driven the #88 Chevrolet for the team since the retirement of Dale Earnhardt Jr. at the end of the 2017 season.
The #88 and #48 teams work out of the same shop on the Hendrick property. While this will appear on track as a different setup, the only difference on paper is the sponsor and number change. Ally Financial is expected to be on the car for all 36 points races in 2021.
The new driver for the remaining team at Hendrick Motorsports has not been announced at this time, but wide speculation is that suspended competitor Kyle Larson will join the team in 2021 behind the wheel of a new number. Stay with Racing Refresh for more details as that story develops.