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Jimmie Johnson to drive rookie paint scheme in Cup season finale

Daytona 500 Speedweeks X

14 FEB 2002: Jimmie Johnson driving the #48 car during Gatorade Twin 125s qualifying race for the NASCAR Winston Cup Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Florida. DIGITAL IMAGE - Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

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Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports will end their 17-year relationship with Lowe’s in style.

When Johnson and the No. 48 team show up for the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 18 on NBC), Johnson’s car will have his rookie year paint scheme from 2002.

Johnson follows Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth, who drove their rookie schemes in last year’s season finale.

The scheme will cap off a partnership that began with two Cup starts in 2001 before Johnson went full-time the next year.

In 2002, Johnson earned the first three wins of his career and sat on the pole for the Daytona 500. His first win came on April 28 at Auto Club Speedway.

With Lowe’s, Johnson has won seven championships and 83 races. Lowe’s announced in March it would not sponsor Johnson in 2019.