SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - Seven time NASCAR champion and San Diego racing legend, Jimmie Johnson, is coming off one of his worst racing seasons to date. Johnson failed to win a race during the 2018 season and finished in a career worst 14th place in the point standings. 

The 2019 season is bringing about a lot of changes for Johnson on and off the track. He will race this season without his longtime crew chief Chad Knaus after the two split up and the end of the 2018 campaign. The two had been partners for 17-years marking the longest such partnership in NASCAR history. Johnson told News 8 that he has the utmost respect for Knaus, but that at the end of last season they both knew that it was an obvious time for a change. 

Johnson will also be trotting out a new sponsor on his 48 Chevrolet in 2019. Ally Financial signed on as the main sponsor after Lowes and Johnson decided to cut ties at the end of 2018. 

When talking about the 2019 season, Johnson said it is going to be an interesting first quarter of the season because there are so many new rules packages at different tracks. He says no one is sure which team or which manufacturer will have the upper hand which will make for some very exciting races.