Jimmie Johnson. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Johnson, Legacy M.C. Going Extreme E Racing

LONDON — Legacy Motor Club and seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion are set to go off-roading with Extreme E this season.

Legacy M.C., in association with Johnson, will contest the full season of the fourth season of Extreme E. The American outfit completes the grid for the campaign, which begins this weekend in Saudi Arabia. The team boasts an all-United States lineup.

With Johnson unable to contest the opening two rounds of the campaign at the first event due to a clash with the Daytona 500, U.S. compatriots Travis Pastrana and Gray Leadbetter will be behind the wheel in the Legacy M.C. Odyssey 21 for the upcoming Desert X Prix.

“The opportunity for Legacy M.C. to field an off-road vehicle in the Extreme E championship is exciting in many ways,” Johnson said. “We are essentially representing America in this unique and very competitive series and we are committed to the challenge. I’m excited to watch our Legacy Motor Club colors race on foreign soil for the first time while I’m in Daytona for the Great American race. I know Travis and Gray will represent us well and I can’t wait to see what they accomplish.”

Johnson began his racing career in off-road racing, specifically SODA and SCORE International competition in the 1990’s. 

“Our goal is to learn as much as we can and see what the future might bring,” Johnson said. “The fact this series competes globally and focuses on sustainably, inclusion, and equality really piques our interest.

“From a technical standpoint, the changeover to hydrogen in 2025 is really intriguing and the entire motorsports community is watching closely. Personally for me as a driver, going back to my off-road roots and to the type of racing I started my career with is going to be a blast.”