Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson will drive for JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.
Johnson will drive the No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet in the Bashas' Supermarkets 200. It's Johnson's first foray into the Nationwide ranks since finishing second in a JR Motorsports car at Watkins Glen International on Aug. 13, 2011.
Johnson is a four-time winner at Phoenix in the Sprint Cup Series, where he drives for Hendrick Motorsports as a teammate to JR Motorports co-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr.
"I appreciate Junior letting me run one of his cars," Johnson said in a news release. "My goal is to make my team owner so proud that, perhaps, he'll invite me back more often than once every two years.
"In all seriousness, this is a great opportunity for me to get more familiar with the new configuration at PIR. Not only do we race there twice in Cup, but both races are in crucial spots on the schedule for Team Lowe's Racing. I appreciate JR M...