Tuesday afternoon, Hendrick Motorsports announced via Twitter that Alex Bowman will move over from the No. 88 car to the No. 48 in 2021.
“We have tremendous faith in this team,” said Rick Hendrick in a statement. “Every season, Alex gets better. Not only do we see it in the statistics, but his confidence and leadership have truly blossomed. Today he’s a proven winner and playoff contender, and his best years are ahead.”
He will replace seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, who will retire at the end of the season and test the waters of the NTT IndyCar Series. Johnson supports the move for Bowman. “I’ve had 19 mind-blowing seasons in the 48, now it’s your turn,” said Johnson. “I know I’m leaving her in great hands brother”
Bowman’s crew chief, Greg Ives, will also make the switch over to the 48 team in 2021 under the same position. Ives won five championships with Johnson as the team’s engineer from 2006-2012.
Ally will remain with Bowman and the 48 team after the sponsor and Team Hendrick extended their partnership through 2023 last October.
In his Cup Series career, Bowman has two wins in 184 starts and has made the playoffs in every season since joining Hendrick full-time in 2018.
Bowman and Ives are currently in the hunt for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series championship. Bowman sits 22 points above the cutline for the Round of 8.