Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, 47, retiring from full-time racing

The 47-year-old estimates that no more than 10 of the things on his bucket list will be in his future schedule, but he was unsure of that timetable on Monday.

Johnson told The Associated Press that he was happy to announce that "we can now examine what opportunities exist and start constructing a calendar" since "I've got a blank sheet of paper."

Sponsor Carvana has already assured Johnson that it will support him in any racing he enters.

Before deciding to scale back, Johnson waited two weeks after the IndyCar championship race, including a weekend spent in England at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with Ganassi colleagues Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti.

He admitted to the AP that he didn't actually require the time to consider his options.

Johnson remarked that it had been "an unusual process" to feel so satisfied with the experience while yet attempting to make a choice. 

 "In the grand scheme of things, the kids are involved in a lot of life planning. We've always considered trying to spend a year or two living overseas. 

There is simply so much going on emotionally and professionally that I just wanted to take some time and make the decision without basing it on a good or bad experience on the racetrack. We love Colorado and want to spend more time there."