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Jimmie Johnson’s NASCAR Shift From Chevrolet to Toyota Still a Work-In-Progress

Srijan Mandal

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One of the more interesting stories coming out of the NASCAR Cup Series last year was when Jimmie Johnson’s team Legacy Motor Club announced they would be shifting to Toyota from the 2024 season. Now that the team has entered a new era, that transition seems to be a work in progress. Recently, while speaking with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, Dave Elenz (Crew Chief of the #43) shared details about the progress regarding the transition, eight races in.

Elenz stated, “It’s been really interesting for us getting going with Toyota here. I think everybody had higher expectations in what our results have been so far. So that’s been it’s been challenging for us.”

“There’s a lot of things we have to work through just from processes and engineering side of things that they take time to get through and understand all the capabilities that Toyota has and understand how we can utilize those into our process.”

The crew chief further mentioned that they have been adjusting how they operate as a team every week as they try to maximize what they can learn about the race car. The environment within the team has been fast-paced so far but they have been able to understand where they need to be as a team. They were also happy with the recent string of finishes this season.

“Hopefully, that continues here into Texas, but it’s going to take more time for us to get to where we want it to be,” he concluded.

How is Jimmie Johnson’s team performing so far this season?

It’s been eight races so far in the Cup Series and unlike a year prior, the seven-time Cup Series champion’s team has been doing pretty decent. The team currently has a lineup of Erik Jones and John Hunter Nemechek in a full-time capacity and Johnson joining in on select races in a third car.

Looking at the points table, Jones sits 20th in the standings with 154 points and one top-10 finish. Meanwhile, his teammate, Nemechek sits 19th with 157 points and two top 10s.

While in the top 20s, there’s a lot they can achieve as things get stronger at the LMC garage. This is considering that it will still take some time for them to complete the transition phase.

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Srijan Mandal

Srijan Mandal


Srijan Mandal is a Senior NASCAR Analyst and Editor at The Sportsrush with a wealth of experience and expertise in the world of motorsports. With several thousand articles under his belt over the years, he has established himself as a leading authority on all things racing. His passion for motorsports started at a young age, and he has dedicated his career to covering the sport in all its forms. He is an expert in various disciplines, including stock car racing, American motorsports, Formula 1, IndyCar, NHRA, MotoGP, WRC, WEC, and several more. But Srijan's love for racing goes beyond his writing. He actively competes in professional open-wheel simulation racing, using the number 88 as his racing number. While he mostly participates in GT Endurance classes, he also ventures into Stock Car racing from time to time. In case, you wish to contact Srijan, kindly send an email to him at or just DM him on Twitter.

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