Johnson: Hendrick will adjust to loss of Stewart-Haas

HAMPTON, GA - FEBRUARY 26: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, races during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 26, 2016 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
HAMPTON, GA - FEBRUARY 26: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, races during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 26, 2016 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
HAMPTON, GA – FEBRUARY 26: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, races during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 26, 2016 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

HAMPTON, Ga. – Stewart-Haas Racing’s blockbuster announcement of its impending move from Chevrolet to Ford in 2017 affects another NASCAR powerhouse — Hendrick Motorsports.

Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson is confident team owner Rick Hendrick will make the adjustment in the 10 months between Tuesday’s announcement and SHR’s departure from the engine and chassis deal that has been in place since Tony Stewart partnered with Gene Haas in 2009.

“It was certainly a shock,” Johnson said on Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. “We have contracts in place with Stewart-Haas Racing that Hendrick has to honor and will honor and honor with integrity the way we always do. We have a lot of employees whose jobs count on that and rely on that.

“Nothing is different this year. Fortunately, we have a year to figure out if we service some other teams and provide engines and chassis or how we handle it. I know Rick’s goal is to keep the staff where it is. That gets me excited, because, if we maintain the staff, I think we’ll be able to develop much more cool stuff for our race cars.”

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