Sport Jimmie Johnson is about to be his team’s oldest driver by 18 years

20:36  09 august  2017
20:36  09 august  2017 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

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Wednesday, the team announced it will replace 37- year - old Kasey Kahne with 19- year - old current XFINITY Series rookie William Byron in the No. 5 car next season. That means going into the 2018 season, Jimmie Johnson – who will be 42 in September – won’t just be the only HMS driver over 40.

Jimmie Johnson is about to be the oldest driver on his Hendrick Motorsports team . — Jimmie Johnson (@ JimmieJohnson ) October 18 , 2017. Johnson remembers Elliott as a 10- year - old and told FTW a decade- old story about Byron in August.

Jimmie Johnson is about to be his team's oldest driver by 18 years© Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports Jimmie Johnson is about to be his team's oldest driver by 18 years

Hendrick Motorsports has some of the NASCAR Cup Series' oldest drivers in 2017. Next year, it will have some of the youngest.

Within the last month, the 12-time championship team announced a series of changes to its drivers, starting with 24-year-old Alex Bowman taking over in the No. 88 car for the retiring Dale Earnhardt Jr., who turns 43 in October.

Wednesday, the team announced it will replace 37-year-old Kasey Kahne with 19-year-old current XFINITY Series rookie William Byron in the No. 5 car next season.

That means going into the 2018 season, Jimmie Johnson - who will be 42 in September - won't just be the only HMS driver over 40. He'll be the team's only driver over 25.

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Today Team Lowe' s pulled the wraps off of Jimmie Johnson ' s 2017 throwback Chevrolet SS that he will race on Labor Day weekend in Darlington' s famed Southern 500. This past weekend in Michigan, Jimmie Johnson wasn’t the only driver sporting Jimmie Johnson Foundation gear.

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This season, Earnhardt, Johnson, Kahne and 21-year-old Chase Elliott combine for an average age of about 35 years old. Next year with Johnson as an 18-year outlier, the foursome's average age at the start of the season will drop to 27 years old.

While Kahne is in an unfortunate situation - joining Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth as veterans without rides next year - HMS' changes are indicative of a larger shift in NASCAR toward younger, less expensive drivers with sponsorships continuing to decline.

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Johnson is embracing his role as the wiser, older driver for Hendrick Motorsports. When the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series rolls around, Jimmie Johnson will be the oldest Hendrick Kind of crazy to now have them on the team , and I think it helps form a bond since I have so much history with these guys.”

Johnson is 22 years older than his youngest new teammate, William Byron. Just taking the kids to lunch.@AlexBRacing @WilliamByron pic.twitter.com/gWrBDVNB08. — Jimmie Johnson (@ JimmieJohnson ) October 18 , 2017.

As Earnhardt explained Saturday during his press conference at Watkins Glen International ahead of the I LOVE NEW YORK 355, cheaper drivers mean teams can pour that leftover money into the cars, and that's generally good for everyone.

These changes reflect the business of NASCAR, and as the "young guns" in the sport continue to rise - Elliott, Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney among them - out with the old and in with the new will likely be embraced.

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