Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s JR Motorsports is planning on hiring Hendrick Motorsports teamamte Jimmie Johnson to drive its No. 7 Nationwide Series car for the Zippo 200 next month at Watkins Glen, a team spokesman confirmed.
Johnson, who has not competed in a Nationwide event since October 2008, will use the race to get extra seat time on the road course. The Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen will be held the following day.
JR Motorsports has three races left to fill in its driver lineup for the No. 7 car.
Josh Wise will drive at least four more races (Indianapolis, Iowa, Bristol, Charlotte) and Danica Patrick will drive in six more events (Montreal, Richmond, Kansas, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead). Currently open are Atlanta, Chicagoland and Dover.
The No. 7 team is 11th in the series owner standings.
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