Jimmie Johnson, the motor sport NASCAR legend, will retire from full-time competition

September 26, 2012 (Reuters) - Jimmie Johnson, seven-time NASCAR champion, announced Monday that he would be retiring from full-time competition and would instead pursue "bucket-list events" after he moved to IndyCar this season.

American 47-year-old driver announced in December that he would be competing in the 2022 IndyCar Season. He finished fifth at the Grand Prix of Iowa in June.

Johnson tweeted, "I couldn’t have asked for better experiences in the @Indycar Series." Johnson tweeted, "I won't return to INDYCAR full-time in 2023. But I will continue to seek out new ways to challenge myself"

Johnson is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding NASCAR drivers ever. He has won five consecutive NASCAR Cup Series Championships between 2006 and 2010.

He is now tied with Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, and seven other total titles for the record.

In a YouTube video, he stated that he feels like he has improved but that the challenge is two to three times more than I thought.

"I wouldn't mind not being able to give my best for another season. However, I would love to do it all over again.

He said he would "let the dust settle" after 2022. He said, "I'm going to take a bit of time to think and to figure out my goals."

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