Johnson agrees to 3-year extension with Hendrick Motorsports

Hendrick Motorsports extends relationships with seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and sponsor Lowe's

The 41-year-old Johnson is known for his fitness regimen and seems like he could easily race into the latter half of his 40s if he so desired.

The seven-time champion will continue to race with Hendrick Motorsports in the #48 Chevrolet through the 2020 Cup Series season, the team confirmed today.

Johnson leads all drivers with three victories in 2017, heading into this weekend's race at Michigan International Speedway. "I don't have any framework now on a timeline".

"I just know that I've got 3 more years of trying to go out there and win championships and win races".

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"I'm as hungry as I've ever been and as focused and dedicated to doing my job".

"My relationship with Lowe's, Hendrick Motorsports and all of my teammates means so much to me", said Johnson, who has recorded three wins through 14 Cup races this season. Maybe this will be his final contract, maybe it won't.

"Any contract I sign right now with my age is probably going to raise questions".

"I've never honestly been driven by stats, " Johnson said. Hendrick also announced that Lowe's has signed an agreement to keep its primary sponsorship of Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet through next year.

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Johnson made his Cup debut in October 2001 with Hendrick Motorsports, making all 557 career starts with the same team and crew chief Chad Knaus.

"Jimmie is one of the best to ever drive", Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick?said in a news release. "Instead of it being necessarily a statement and shown through a lifetime contract we have just had a handshake and agreement among friends that I've got a auto and I've always told him I'm never going anywhere". He's a great champion, a terrific advocate for Lowe's and a true ambassador for NASCAR.

"I've said it many times, I'm very content with where I'm at in the race vehicle and just truly enjoy competing and love being on the track", Johnson said. The next time he takes a checkered flag, he'll tie Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for fourth all-time. "Certainly, would love to climb further up the ladder there (in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series)". Eight championships, I would love to stand alone at that, but that is all predictable and easy stuff.

Jimmie Johnson isn't going anywhere, and he isn't hanging up his helmet just yet. The experience I have with my engineers, with my team, with (crew chief) Chad (Knaus), that bond and that experience combined with the experience of driving and competing ... there's a high in that that I've chased my entire career. "I couldn't be more proud to represent everyone at Lowe's and Hendrick Motorsports, and I continue to be as grateful for the opportunity as I was when we started". The partnership between the three sides is the longest driver-sponsor-team one in the sport's top division.

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"We will see how these 3 years go", Johnson said.

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