Jimmie Kenneth Johnson (born September 17, 1975 in El Cajon, California) is a current NASCAR Sprint Cup race car driver who drives the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet Impala SS co-owned by Rick Hendrick and his teammate Jeff Gordon and operated by Hendrick Motorsports. Johnson is the two-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion.
In 1998, Johnson joined the American Speed Association (ASA) circuit, finishing fourth in the season while picking up Rookie of the Year honors. During this time, Johnson also began racing in the NASCAR Busch Series, driving in three events. In 1999, Johnson continued to run in both the ASA and the Busch Series, winning twice and finishing third in the ASA point race. By 2000, Johnson became a Busch Series driver with Herzog Motorsports, finished 10th in the points standings and third in the Rookie of the Year standings. He won his only Busch Series race in 2001 at the Hills Brothers Coffee 300 at Chicagoland Speedway in his 81st series event.
During the 2000 Season, Johnson was left in a tight spot while racing in the NASCAR Busch Series. Herzog Motorsports, which had fielded Johnson's cars for much of his career, was in a dilemma after losing their sponsor, Alltel to Penske Racing shortly after Roger Penske's son Greg was named to Alltel's Board of Directors. During the driver's meeting before the Busch Series race at Michigan International Speedway, Johnson asked fellow NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon for advice. Gordon kept in touch with Johnson after the incident, and a few months later, Hendrick Motorsports, on Gordon's recommendation, offered him a driver development deal with the potential of advancing in 2002.
Johnson's pre-Sprint Cup career is also noted for a crash that occurred at Watkins Glen when the brakes on his car failed heading into turn one. With his car running almost at full-speed, Johnson crashed head-on into the Styrofoam insulation and guardrail. Surprisingly Johnson emerged from the car uninjured, pumping his fists in the air in excitement.
The second victory of the 2004 Chase, at the Subway 500 in Martinsville, Virginia on October 24, 2004, was marred by tragedy. Owner Rick Hendrick's son (Ricky Hendrick), twin nieces, brother, and chief engine builder Randy Dorton as well as Joe Turner, Scott Lathram were killed in an airplane crash en route to the race. All eight passengers and both pilots died in the incident, and Johnson was told after completion of the race.
Johnson passed Mark Martin with six laps to go the next week in Atlanta Motor Speedway to win the Bass Pro Shops/MBNA 500. Johnson won under the lights at Darlington in the final Mountain Dew Southern 500, and became the first driver since Jeff Gordon to win two legs of NASCAR's Grand Slam in a season. Despite this, Johnson's efforts would be futile as he would finish second in points to Kurt Busch by only 8 points, the closest points finish in NASCAR history. Johnson's 2004 Cup season statistics include 23 top-10 finishes, with an average finishing position of 12.1.
Johnson won his first Daytona 500 on February 19, even though his regular crew chief, Chad Knaus, had been suspended after a rule infraction during qualifying. Darian Grubb was the crew chief when Johnson won the Daytona 500. His win was the second consecutive win at the Daytona 500 for Hendrick Motorsports. Johnson finished second at the next race at California Speedway and then beat Matt Kenseth by half a car length with a pass on the final turn on the caution-extended UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Johnson became the eighth driver to win a Career Grand Slam by winning the Aaron's 499 at Talladega by passing teammate Brian Vickers at the start of the final lap, finishing off an unprecedented streak of six wins in the past eleven majors. He won the final segment and million dollar bonus in the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge. Johnson was trying to go for five straight wins at a superspeedway, but he finished second to Kasey Kahne at the 2006 Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. He came back from cutting his tire and going all the way down to 38th place to win the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis, joining Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Sr. as drivers to have won the Career Grand Slam and the Allstate 400. After a horrible finish at New Hampshire International Speedway, Johnson fell to 9th in points, but then he went on to win the Subway 500 at Martinsville, raising him to fourth in the standings to eventually win the championship. Johnson's 2006 season ended with a 9th place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway, winning his first career NEXTEL Cup Series Championship. His total winnings for the 2006 season were a record $15,770,125. On December 6, 2006 it was announced that he was voted the 2006 Driver of the Year, which is a unique award, as it covers all racing series in the United States. Johnson's 2006 Cup season statistics include 24 top-10 finishes with an average finishing position of 9.7.
Johnson's 2007 season began with a DNF after he was knocked out of the Daytona 500 when he was bumped into the infield. He recovered quickly with a third place finish at California the next week, and went onto win the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, the Kobalt Tools 500, and the Goody's Cool Orange 500.
On May 6, 2007, Johnson won the Jim Stewart 400 at Richmond. During the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, Johnson blew a tire and crashed hard into the outer wall. As the car erupted in flames, although suffering slight eyebrow burns, Johnson climbed out and was not injured.
On September 2, he clinched a position in The Chase for the NEXTEL Cup with his win at Fontana in the Sharp AQUOS 500; Johnson entered The Chase as the leader, with 5060 points, based on his six regular season wins. The next week, he won the Chevy Rock & Roll 400.
On October 21, Johnson won the Subway 500 at Martinsville for his seventh win of the season, breaking a tie with then-points leader Jeff Gordon for most wins on the season. On October 28, Johnson won again at the Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, moving him to within nine points of Gordon in the race for the 2007 Nextel Cup Championship. Johnson donated all of his winnings from this race to the victims of the wildfires in San Diego, California. He followed that victory with another at the Texas Motor Speedway on November 4. On November 11, he won his fourth straight race at Phoenix, making him the first driver since Gordon in 1998 to win four consecutive races. Johnson's streak brought his win total for the year to ten, making him the first driver to win 10 or more times in a season since Gordon, who did it three consecutive years (the last being a record-tying 13 win season in 1998). With the win Johnson joined Gordon (three times), Rusty Wallace, Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip (twice), Bill Elliott, Cale Yarborough, and Richard Petty as the only modern-era drivers to win 10 or more times during a season.
He won his second straight championship on November 18, 2007 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a 7th place finish. He defeated Jeff Gordon by 77 points. The championship was the final one with NEXTEL as the series title sponsor. It was also the final championship to use cars based on the 1964 Holman Moody Ford Fairlane template.
|02/10/2007||Budweiser Shootout||Daytona International Speedway|| || || || |
|02/15/2007||Gatorade Duel - Race 1||Daytona International Speedway|| || || || |
|02/18/2007||Daytona 500||Daytona International Speedway|| || || || |
|02/25/2007||Auto Club 500||California Speedway|| || || || |
|03/11/2007||UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400||Las Vegas Motor Speedway|| || || || |
|03/18/2007||Kobalt Tools 500||Atlanta Motor Speedway|| || || || |
|03/25/2007||Food City 500||Bristol Motor Speedway|| || || || |
|04/01/2007||Goody's Cool Orange 500||Martinsville Speedway|| || || || |
|03/25/2007||Samsung 500||Texas Motor Speedway|| || || || |
|04/21/2007||Subway Fresh Fit 500||Phoenix International Raceway|| || || || |
|04/29/2007||Aaron's 499||Talladega Superspeedway|| || || || |
|05/06/2007||Jim Stewart 400||Richmond International Raceway|| || || || |
|05/13/2007||Dodge Avenger 500||Darlington Raceway|| || || || |
|05/19/2007||All-Star Race||Lowe's Motor Speedway|| || || || |
|05/27/2007||Coca-Cola 600||Lowe's Motor Speedway|| || || || |
|06/04/2007||Autism Speaks 400||Dover International Speedway|| || || || |
|06/10/2007||Pocono 500||Pocono Raceway|| || || || |
|06/17/2007||Citizens Bank 400||Michigan International Speedway|| || || || |
|06/24/2007||Toyota/Save Mart 350||Infineon Raceway|| || || || |
|07/01/2007||Lenox Industrial Tools 300||New Hampshire International Speedway|| || || || |
|07/07/2007||Pepsi 400||Daytona International Speedway|| || || || |
|07/15/2007||USG Sheetrock 400||Chicagoland Speedway|| || || || |
|07/29/2007||Allstate 400||Indianapolis Motor Speedway|| || || || |
|08/05/2007||Pennsylvania 500||Pocono Raceway|| || || || |
|08/12/2007||Centurion Boats at The Glen||Watkins Glen International|| || || || |
|08/21/2007||3M Performance 400||Michigan International Speedway|| || || || |
|08/25/2007||Sharpie 500||Bristol Motor Speedway|| || || || |
|09/02/2007||Sharp AQUOS 500||California Speedway|| || || || |
|09/08/2007||Chevy Rock & Roll 400||Richmond International Raceway|| || || || |
|09/16/2007||Sylvania 300||New Hampshire International Speedway|| || || || |
|09/23/2007||Dodge Dealers 400||Dover International Speedway|| || || || |
|09/30/2007||LifeLock 400||Kansas Speedway|| || || || |
|10/07/2007||UAW-Ford 500||Talladega Superspeedway|| || || || |
|10/13/2007||Bank of America 500||Lowe's Motor Speedway|| || || || |
|10/21/2007||Subway 500||Martinsville Speedway|| || || || |
|10/28/2007||Pep Boys Auto 500||Atlanta Motor Speedway|| || || || |
|11/04/2007||Dickies 500||Texas Motor Speedway|| || || || |
|11/11/2007||Checker Auto Parts 500||Phoenix International Raceway|| || || || |
|11/18/2007||Ford 400||Homestead-Miami Speedway|| || || || |
Budweiser Shootout - February 9, 2008 - Daytona International Speedway
Johnson drew the 18th starting spot. Jimmie quickly made his way to the front and ran with the leaders most of the race. On the last lap, Johnson gave teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr. the push he needed to win the race. Jimmie finished 3rd in the 30th running of the Budweiser Shootout.
Gatorade Duel (Race 1) - February 14, 2008 - Daytona International Speedway
Johnson qualified 1st for the Daytona 500 and only the first two qualifiers are locked in after qualifying; the rest of the qualifiers are set by results in the Gatorade Duels. Johnson showed he had the car capable of winning by running up front with eventual winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr., but with the #1 starting spot locked up for the Daytona 500, Johnson pulled off the track to protect his car. He finished 23rd in the race.
Daytona 500 - February 17, 2008 - Daytona International Speedway
Jimmie began the 2008 season by winning the pole for the 50th running of the Daytona 500, with a time of 48.109 seconds (187.075 mph). Only the first two qualifiers are locked in after qualifying; the rest of the qualifiers are set by results in the Gatorade Duels. Johnson raced with the leaders for most of the race, but was spun by rookie Sam Hornish, Jr. on lap 178 of 200. After the finish of the Daytona 500, which Johnson finished 27th, he was 103 points behind the leader. He was 26th in the standings.
Auto Club 500 - February 24, 2008 - Auto Club Speedway
Qualifying for the race was rained out, so the starting grid was set by 2007 owners points. Since Johnson was the 2007 champion, he started on the pole. Only 87 of 250 laps were completed before the event was red flagged for rain. At the time of the red flag, Johnson was in 1st. The remainder of the race was completed on the following Monday (02/25/08). While Johnson led a race high 76 laps, he finished second in the race, behind winner Carl Edwards. After the finish of the Auto Club 500, Johnson was 68 points behind the leader. He was 8th in the standings.
UAW-Dodge 400 - March 2, 2008 - Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Johnson struggled in qualifying and started 33rd in the race. The 48 team and Chad Knaus uncharacteristically missed the setup and struggled the entire race. Johnson finished 29th, 2 laps off the pace. Carl Edwards won his second race in a row, but failed post-race inspection. After the finish of the UAW-Dodge 400, Johnson was 148 points behind the leader and was 14th in the standings. Due to the penalties assessed to points leader Edwards on March 5, 2008, Johnson remained 14th in the standings, but now 127 points behind the leader.
Kobalt Tools 500 - March 9, 2008 - Atlanta Motor Speedway
Johnson qualified 11th with lap of 30.427 seconds (182.207 mph). While teammates Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. ran up front and challenged for the win, Johnson again struggled to stay on the lead lap. After flirting with a top 10 finish, Johnson ended up finishing in 13th after 500 miles, last on the lead lap. Kyle Busch won the Kobalt Tools 500 and gave Toyota its first win in the Sprint Cup Series. After the finish of the Kobalt Tools 500, Johnson was 198 points behind the leader, and was 13th in the standings.
Food City 500 - March 16, 2008 - Bristol Motor Speedway
Qualifying for the race was rained out, so the starting grid was set by 2007 owners points. Since Johnson was the 2007 champion, he will start on the pole. Johnson ran in the top 5 for most of the race, but got into eventual winner Jeff Burton and the damage forced him to pit under green. Johnson finished 2 laps down in 18th place. Jeff Burton won the Food City 500 and gave Richard Childress Racing its first win in the Sprint Cup Series and a 1-2-3 finish. After the finish of the Food City 500, Johnson was 201 points behind the leader, and was 13th in the standings.
Goody's Cool Orange 500 - March 30, 2008 - Martinsville Speedway
Johnson qualified 10th with a speed of 95.213mph or 19.888 seconds. Johnson was going for his 4th win a row at Martinsville Speedway. Johnson led the second most laps (134) to teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr, who lead a race high 147. Johnson's bad luck continued as he was spun on lap 297 by Ryan Newman. He was able to rally back to finish 4th, but never challenged for the win. Denny Hamlin won for his first win of 2008. After the finish of the Goody's Cool Orange 500, Johnson was 169 points behind the leader, and was 10th in the standings.
Samsung 500 - April 6, 2008 - Texas Motor Speedway
Johnson qualified 5th with a speed of 188.772mph or 28.606 seconds. Johnson was looking for back-to-back wins at Texas Motor Speedway after his victory in the fall of 2007. Johnson ran with the leaders during the race, leading 65 laps. In the final laps, Johnson battled with Carl Edwards for the win in a green-white-checkered finish, only to finish 2nd. Carl Edwards won for his third win of 2008. After the finish of the Samsung 500, Johnson was 144 points behind the leader, and was 6th in the standings.
Subway Fresh Fit 500 - April 12, 2008 - Phoenix International Raceway
Johnson qualified 7th with a speed of 133.240mph or 27.019 seconds. Johnson was looking for back-to-back wins at Phoenix International Raceway after his victory in the fall of 2007. Johnson dominated the race, leading a race-high 120 laps. In the final laps, Johnson played the fuel mileage game as the other leaders headed to pit road for gas. Johnson went the distance and won over Clint Bowyer. Jimmie Johnson won for the 1st time in 2008. After the finish of the Subway Fresh Fit 500, Johnson was 99 points behind the leader, and was 4th in the standings.
Aaron's 499 - April 27, 2008 - Talladega Superspeedway
Johnson qualified 10th with a speed of 185.837mph or 51.529 seconds. Johnson was looking for his first win at Talladega Superspeedway since his victory there in the spring of 2006. The race was mostly follow the leader with a few good laps of racing mixed in there. Johnson ran in the back of the field all day hoping to avoid "The Big One". With about 30 laps to go, Johnson made his move and moved into 2nd with 6 laps to go. On the restart, eventual winner Kyle Busch hung Johnson out of the draft. As Johnson worked his way back in traffic, he was caught in a last-lap wreck, giving him a 13th place finish. Kyle Busch won for his second win of 2008. After the finish of the Aaron's 499, Johnson was 102 points behind the leader, and was 5th in the standings.
Dan Lowry 400 - May 3, 2008 - Richmond International Raceway
Johnson qualified 12th with a speed of 125.191mph or 21.567 seconds. Johnson was looking to make it 3 in a row at RIR. He swept the races at Richmond in 2007. Johnson struggled to stay on the lead lap and was caught up in a wreck, limping to the finish in 30th place. Denny Hamlin completely dominated the race, leading 381 of 400 laps, but with 19 laps to go, Hamlin cut a tire and would finish 24th. Following a restart with 6 laps to go, Kyle Busch dove inside Dale Earnhardt, Jr., spinning the fan-favorite into the wall. Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch raced in a green-white-checkered finish with Bowyer getting this first win of 2008 and only 2nd win of his career. After the finish of the Dan Lowry 400, Johnson was 177 points behind the leader, and was 7th in the standings.
Dodge Challenger 500- May 10, 2008 - Darlington Raceway
Jimmie Johnson qualified 3rd for the race. Johnson wanted to win at Darlington for the 3rd time. He never led. Johnson struggled, but survived a long night and finished 13th. Kyle Busch basically dominated the night at Darlington, winning his 3rd race of 2008. After the race, Johnson was 248 points behind the leader and 6th in the standings.
Coca-Cola 600 - May 25, 2008 - Lowe's Motor Speedway
Jimmie Johnson qualified 10th for the Coca-Cola 600 and stayed in contention. But a failed engine cost him probably what could have been his 2nd win of 2008. Johnson finished 39th. After a round of late green flag pit stops Tony Stewart was leading and cut down a tire and Kasey Kahne passed him to win his first race since Lowe's in October 2006. After the race Johnson was 9th in the standings 367 points behind the leader.
Autism Speaks 400 - June 1, 2008 - Dover International Speedway
Jimmie Johnson qualified 4th at Dover. He raced well but later cut a tire and went a lap down. But his driving got him back up to actually finish in the 7th position. Kyle Busch won his 5th race of 2008. Johnson was 7th in the standings, 406 points back.
Pocono 500 - June 8, 2008 - Pocono Raceway
Johnson started 2nd and stayed consistent. He survived and finished 6th. Kasey Kahne won his 2nd race of 2008. Johnson was 6th in the standings 285 points back.
Life Lock 400 - June 15, 2008 - Michigan International Speedway
Jimmie Johnson started 5th. He stayed consistent. He battled Brian Vickers most of the race. Johnson finished 6th. Johnson's teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his first race in 76 races. Johnson was 5th in the standings 254 points back.
Toyota Save-Mart 350 - June 22, 2008 - Infineon Raceway
Jimmie Johnson qualified 2nd for the race at Infineon. He struggled to stay in contention and limped to the finish in 15th. Kyle Busch continued his dominance and won his 5th race of 2008. Johnson's teammate Jeff Gordon got a top 5. Johnson was 5th in the standings 326 points back.
Lenox Industrial Tools 301 - June 29, 2008 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Jimmie qualified 23rd for the 301 at New Hampshire. Jimmie Johnson slowly moved his way up in to the top 10 and eventually the top 5. Passing his teammate Jeff Gordon for 2nd position, he made a run for the lead on Tony Stewart. But a late pit stop and rain, cost Johnson the shot at the win. During the last round of pit stops, Kurt Busch stayed out and when the rain came, NASCAR called the race with 23 to go and Kurt got his 1st win of 2008. Johnson finished 9th and was still 5th in the standings.
Coke Zero 400 - July 5, 2008 - Daytona International Speedway
Jimmie stayed in the middle to the front of the pack all night, but when he got caught in a wreck, Kyle Busch won AGAIN for his 6th win of 2008.
LifeLock.com 400 - July 12, 2008 - Chicagoland Speedway
Jimmie started 5th for the race and ran up front all night. He took the lead with 18 laps to go, but on a late restart, Kyle Busch passed Jimmie to win yet AGAIN for his 7th win of 2008.
Allstate 400 at the Brickyard - July 27, 2008 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Jimmie got the pole for the big race, he and his teammate Jeff Gordon had the dominant cars all day. In a wild race of cautions, Johnson held off Carl Edwards to win his 2nd race of the year, and his 2nd at Indy. He was 4th in points, 315 points back.
Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 August 3, 2008 - Pocono Raceway
Jimmie got his 2nd straight pole and was up front most of the day. After a rain delay, Carl Edwards won while Jimmie and his teammates Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. coasted across the line out of gas, Johnson finished 3rd.
Centurion Boats @ the Glen - August 10, 2008 - Watkins Glen International
Jimmie started 4th for the race and cut a tire halfway through the race. He didn't go a lap down, he regained position and finished in the top 10.
3M Performance 400 - August 17, 2008 - Michigan International Speedway
Jimmie started 2nd and was a contender early. But on lap 90, he made contact with his teammate Jeff Gordon and had to pit. He eventually got back and finished 17th.
Sharpie 500 - August 23, 2008 - Bristol Motor Speedway
Jimmie started 34th and was moving his way through the field. On lap 26, though, Jimmie bumped into Sterling Marlin and hit the wall, forcing him to pit. He would end up finishing 33rd, 18 laps down.
Pepsi 500 Auto Club Speedway
Sunday, August 31, 2008 on ESPN 8ET Jimmie started on the pole, and dominated the race from start, and led 227 of the 270 laps raced en route to his 3rd win of the season and 3rd win at the track.
Chevy Rock & Roll 400 - September 7, 2008 - Richmond International Raceway
Jimmie Started 3rd according to Owner points due to the cancellation of qualifying from Tropical Storm Hanna, that didnt stop him from a win he battled Tony Stewart late in the race to go on and win his 37th win of his career and 3rd Richmond win.
Sylvania 300 - September 14, 2008 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Once again qualifying was rained out and Jimmie started 3rd (due to owner points) and leading a race high of 96 laps, looking Like a nice win for Jimmie,with 13 to go Greg Biffle out of no where shot past Jimmie coming off of Turn 2 to take the lead, Johnson unable to catch Biffle finished 2nd, Going to Dover next Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards are tied for 1st in the Points Standings.
|02/09/2008||Budweiser Shootout||Daytona International Speedway|| || || || |
|02/14/2008||Gatorade Duel - Race 1||Daytona International Speedway|| || || || |
|02/17/2008||Daytona 500||Daytona International Speedway|| || || || |
|02/24/2008||Auto Club 500||Auto Club Speedway|| || || || |
|03/02/2008||UAW-Dodge 400||Las Vegas Motor Speedway|| || || || |
|03/09/2008||Kobalt Tools 500||Atlanta Motor Speedway|| || || || |
|03/16/2008||Food City 500||Bristol Motor Speedway|| || || || |
|03/30/2008||Goody's Cool Orange 500||Martinsville Speedway|| || || || |
|04/06/2008||Samsung 500||Texas Motor Speedway|| || || || |
|04/12/2008||Subway Fresh Fit 500||Phoenix International Raceway|| || || || |
|04/27/2008||Aaron's 499||Talladega Superspeedway|| || || || |
|05/03/2008||Dan Lowry 400||Richmond International Raceway|| || || || |
|05/10/2008||Dodge Challenger 500||Darlington Raceway|| || || || |
|05/17/2008||Sprint All-Star Race||Lowe's Motor Speedway|| || || || |
|05/25/2008||Coca-Cola 600||Lowe's Motor Speedway|| || || || |
|06/01/2008||Best Buy 400||Dover International Speedway|| || || || |
|06/08/2008||Pocono 500||Pocono Raceway|| || || || |
|06/15/2008||LifeLock 400||Michigan International Speedway|| || || || |
|06/22/2008||Toyota/Save Mart 350||Infineon Raceway|| || || || |
|06/29/2008||Lenox Industrial Tools 301||New Hampshire Motor Speedway|| || || || |
|07/05/2008||Coke Zero 400||Daytona International Speedway|| || || || |
|07/12/2008||LifeLock.com 400||Chicagoland Speedway|| || || || |
|07/27/2008||Allstate 400 at the Brickyard||Indianapolis Motor Speedway|| || || || |
|08/03/2008||Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500||Pocono Raceway|| || || || |
|08/10/2008||Centurion Boats at The Glen||Watkins Glen International|| || || || |
|08/17/2008||3M Performance 400||Michigan International Speedway|| || || || |
|08/23/2008||Sharpie 500||Bristol Motor Speedway|| || || || |
|08/31/2008||Pepsi 500||Auto Club Speedway|| || || || |
|09/07/2008||Chevy Rock & Roll 400||Richmond International Raceway|| || || || |
|09/14/2008||Sylvania 300||New Hampshire International Speedway|| || || || |
|09/21/2008||Camping World RV 400||Dover International Speedway|| || || || |
|09/28/2008||Camping World RV 400||Kansas Speedway|| || || || |
|10/05/2008||AMP Energy 500||Talladega Superspeedway|| || || || |
Johnson has also participated in some more-recent off-road events, including a winning drive with Team USA at the 2002 Race of Champions. Johnson appeared at the event again in 2004 and was scheduled to appear alongside Travis Pastrana at the event in Paris's Stade de France on December 16, 2006. Due to an injury, he was not able to drive in the race, but still went to offer support as a consultantalso in dirt truck racing.
Johnson has been married to Chandra Janway since December 11, 2004.
He is an avid San Diego Padres and San Diego Chargers fan as they are his hometown teams. He also follows the Atlanta Braves and the Carolina Panthers (His adopted team since he is now based in North Carolina; the latter is based in Charlotte, close to Lowe's headquarters in Mooresville, NC). As is the custom on Fox's NFC Championship Game broadcasts (or Super Bowl when Fox has the Super Bowl that year), Jimmie appeared on the post-game show for the 2007 NFC Championship game when the Chicago Bears defeated the New Orleans Saints (The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion makes an appearance during that game). His interview aired directly opposite of the opening kickoff of the AFC Championship game.
Johnson maintains strong ties to the San Diego area. He is a part of one of the local San Diego Chevy dealers that carries his name (along with owner Rick Hendrick). Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet in the Kearny Mesa section of San Diego County. Jimmie was named San Diego's Pro-Athlete of the Year by the San Diego Hall of Champions on January 31, 2007. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders also proclaimed October 9th, Jimmie Johnson Day.
Johnson formally hosted a weekly radio show, "Not What You Expected", on XM Satellite Radio. Marty Smith, NASCAR journalist and friend of Johnson's, hosted it with him. They had numerous guests on the show including Major League Baseball player and Johnson's high school friend Marcus Giles, fellow drivers Brian Vickers, Matt Kenseth, and Jeff Gordon, crew chief Chad Knaus, singer and friend Nick Lachey, and others.
Following his second NASCAR championship Jimmie Johnson purchased a new Gulfstream jet to travel to weekly racing events.
|4/28/2002||NAPA Auto Parts 500 at Fontana, CA|
|6/2/2002||MBNA Platinum 400 at Dover, DE|
|9/22/2002||All American Heroes 400 at Dover, DE|
|5/17/2003||The Winston at Charlotte, NC|
|5/25/2003||Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte, NC|
|7/20/2003||New England 300 at Loudon, NH|
|9/14/2003||Sylvania 300 at Loudon, NH|
|3/21/2004||Carolina Dodge Dealers 40 at Darlington, SC|
|5/30/2004||Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte, NC|
|6/13/2004||Pocono 500 at Pocono, PA|
|8/1/2004||Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono, PA|
|10/16/2004||UAW-GM Quality 500 at Charlotte, NC|
|10/24/2004||Subway 500 at Martinsville, VA|
|10/31/2004||Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta, GA|
|11/14/2004||Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington, SC|
|3/13/2005||UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas, NV|
|5/29/2005||Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, NC|
|9/25/2005||MBNA RacePoints 400 at Dover, DE|
|10/15/2005||UAW-GM Quality 500 at Charlotte, NC|
|2/19/2006||Daytona 500 at Daytona, Fl|
|3/12/2006||UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas, NV|
|4/30/2006||Aaron’s 499 at Talladega, AL|
|5/20/2006||NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge* at Charlotte, NC|
|8/6/2006||Allstate 400 at Indianapolis, IN|
|10/22/2006||Subway 500 at Martinsville, VA|
|3/11/2007||UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas, NV|
|3/18/2007||Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta, GA|
|4/1/2007||Goody's Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville, VA|
|5/6/2007||Crown Royal presents the Jim Stewart 400 at Richmond, VA|
|9/2/2007||Sharp Aquos 500 at Fontana, CA|
|9/8/2007||Chevy Rock n Roll 400 at Richmond, VA|
|10/21/2007||Subway 500 at Martinsville, VA|
|10/28/2007||Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta, GA|
|11/4/2007||Dickies 500 at Dallas, TX|
|11/11/2007||Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix, AZ|
|4/12/2008||Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix, AZ|
|7/27/2008||Allstate 400 at Indianapolis, IN|
|8/31/2008||Pepsi 500 at Fontana, CA|
|9/7/2008||Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond, VA|
|9/27/2008||Camping World RV 400 at Kansas City, KS|
The Jimmie Johnson Foundation supports charitable organizations that further the mission of the foundation. Current and past projects include granting wishes for children through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, assisting the American Red Cross with disaster relief efforts, building a four-lane bowling alley for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses at the Victory Junction Gang Camp, and hosting a golf tournament in San Diego to raise funds to build a Habitat for Humanity home in Jimmie’s home town of El Cajon.
In 2007, Johnson won at his home track, California Speedway, in a special Jimmie Johnson Foundation paint scheme.
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