See Jimmie Johnson's 2019 paint scheme with his new sponsor – For The Win


The 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season will have a new feel for seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson, who, for the first time since his debut in the top series in 2001, will have a new sponsor on the side of his car. And with that, there’s a very different paint scheme.

A few months after Johnson’s longtime primary sponsor, Lowe’s, announced it was leaving NASCAR, the No. 48 Chevrolet driver inked a deal with Ally Financial, which will sponsor the 43-year-old driver for every race over the next two seasons. Johnson unveiled the paint scheme Friday on Good Morning America, and it features a black base with highlights of purple and pink, along with Johnson’s number in neon yellow.

It’s quite a bit different from the blue and white or black and neon yellow the Hendrick Motorsports driver’s fans have known for the last 18 years of his Cup Series career. And apparently Johnson had a hand in the design, saying, via NASCAR.com:

“Personally, I’ve put a ton of time in on this paint scheme to help our team develop the new look.”

Maybe his daughters did too.

In addition to a new sponsor and paint scheme, Johnson is also getting a new crew chief this season. He and longtime crew chief Chad Knaus split up at the end of the 2018 season, although they’re both still with HMS.

Knaus will be the crew chief for William Bryon and the No. 24 Chevrolet team, while Johnson will work with Kevin Meendering, who made the jump up to the Cup Series after working in the second-tier XFINITY Series with Elliott Sadler and JR Motorsports, which is co-owned by Rick Hendrick.

Although Johnson made the playoffs in the 2018 season, he was knocked out in the first elimination event of the 10-race shootout. His final season with Knaus and Lowe’s was also his first full-time schedule without a victory.

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