Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson said he's leaning toward more years of racing if "forced to make a decision" by Hendrick Motorsports.

Appearing on the Dale Jr. Download podcast hosted by retired former Hendrick teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., Johnson, 43, was asked what more he wanted to achieve in NASCAR.

"I don't know," Johnson said. "That's a question that's been asked a lot and I think in the next four to six months, I'm sure Mr. Hendrick's going to be pushing on me for an answer.

"So I know that's out there, but if I'm forced to make a decision, I'm choosing more years. I'm not done yet. That fire's way too intense."

Johnson is tied with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. for the most NASCAR Cup Series wins with seven. He owns the sixth-highest number of wins (83).

But Johnson has not visited Victory Lane since Dover in June 2017 and this year failed to advance to the NASCAR playoffs for the first time since the format was introduced in 2004.

Johnson, whose contract with Hendrick runs through 2020, tested a Formula 1 car alongside Fernando Alonso last year and reaffirmed his interest in contesting an IndyCar road-course race, the Indianapolis 500 and GT races.

"I just think my driving style isn't ideal for a big heavy Cup car," Johnson said. "And hopping in that Formula 1 car and having that chance to match Fernando's lap time as I did in Bahrain, was an eye-opening experience for me.

"Like maybe on a road course, those (types of car) fit my style a little bit more."

Johnson told Earnhardt he had sought advice from former NASCAR drivers.

"You guys may not have noticed but I've asked questions, just trying to gauge how I feel about the years that I have left, and what signs I need to have to step down," he said. "And it's all led to, 'Don't give up, don't stop, don't quit until you feel fully satisfied.'"

--Field Level Media

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