Beginning with the start of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, the No. 48 at Hendrick Motorsports will have a new driver, and its a driver currently driving in the Cup Series for the team. Alex Bowman will move from the No. 88 to the No. 48 at the end of the 2020 season. Ally will remain on the car as a sponsor for Bowman for entirety of the 2021 season as well.
Bowman is enjoying his best season in the Cup Series to date, claiming a dominant win at Auto Club Speedway in March, guaranteeing him a spot in this years Playoffs. Statistically speaking, Bowman is ranked in the top ten in playoff points, stage wins, stage points, and laps led just to name a few. Greg Ives, Bowman’s current crew chief, will also move to the No. 48 with Bowman to guide the next step in the young drivers career. Together over the past three seasons, Bowman and Ives have delivered, securing three playoff births in consecutive seasons as well as wins in each of the last two seasons.
Commenting on his move to the No. 48, Bowman stated, “I’ve worked my entire life to be in a situation like this. The opportunity to drive a legendary car like the ’48’ with incredible support from Ally, it truly can’t get any better. I’m excited to build on my relationship with Greg, who is a championship-caliber crew chief and knows first-hand what the No. 48 is all about. The pieces are in place, and I’m grateful to Mr. Hendrick and everyone at Hendrick Motorsports and Ally. We’re ready to do it right. I can’t put my respect for Jimmie into words. To me, the No. 48 team’s legacy is about winning, but also how you go about your business. It’s leadership, confidence, work ethic, being a professional and holding yourself to a higher standard. No one will ever be Jimmie, and he’s given us a championship blueprint to follow.”
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