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|Jimmie Kenneth Johnson|
|Born||September 17, 1975
El Cajon, California
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||165 lb (75 kg)|
|Achievements||2006 Daytona 500 Winner|
|Awards||Driver of the Year|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series statistics|
|Car #, team||No. 48 – Hendrick Motorsports|
|2013 Sprint Cup position||1st|
|Best Cup position||1st – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013|
|First race||2001 UAW-GM Quality 500 (Charlotte Motor Speedway)|
|First win||2002 NAPA Auto Parts 500 (Auto Club Speedway)|
|NASCAR Nationwide Series statistics|
|First race||1998 Kroger 200 (Indianapolis Raceway Park)|
|First win||2001 Sam's Club Presents Hill Bros. Coffee 300 (Chicagoland Speedway)|
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series statistics|
|Best NCWTS position||104th – 2008|
|First race||2008 O'Reilly 200 (Bristol Motor Speedway)|
|Statistics current as of August 25, 2013 .|
Jimmie Kenneth Johnson (born September 17, 1975) is an American stock car driver from El Cajon, California. Johnson drives the 48 Lowe's / Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS, a car that is owned by Rick Hendrick and teammate Jeff Gordon. In 2010 Johnson became the only driver to win five Sprint Cup Series Championships in a row. Johnson is married to Chandra Janway, and they had their first child, which was a girl named Genevieve Marie Johnson on July 7th, 2010.
Early racing career[change | edit source]
Johnson started racing on motorcycles when he was five years old. Johnson left motorcycle racing and went on to drive in some off-road races. While he was off road racing, he met Herb Fischel. Fischel was the head of Motorsports at General Motors, who owns the Chevrolet brand Johnson drives for today.
In 1998, Johnson started racing in the American Speed Association (ASA) series. He had only raced in six stock car races in his life before the season. Johnson ended the season fourth in points, and he won the Rookie of the Year award. Johnson also started to race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He drove in three races during 1998. In 1999, Johnson raced in both the ASA Series and the Nationwide Series. He won twice and finished 3rd in the ASA series. In 2000, Johnson raced the full season in the Nationwide Series. He drove for Herzog Motorsports, and finished 10th in the points standings. He won his first and only Nationwide Series race in 2001 at the Hills Brothers Coffee 300 at Chicagoland Speedway in his 81st start in the series. It was at this time that Johnson was teamed up with crew chief Chad Knaus who he still works with today.
At a driver's meeting before the Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway, Johnson asked NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon for advice. Gordon liked Johnson, and after the talk Gordon suggested Johnson to team owner Rick Hendrick. Hendrick gave Johnson an offer to drive for him. Gordon became part owner and Johnson's car, the #48.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career[change | edit source]
2002–2005[change | edit source]
In 2002, Johnson started racing full time in the Winston Cup Series. Johnson finished the season 5th in the points standings, and had won 3 races. In 2003 Johnson once again won 3 races, had 14 top-five finishes and 20 top-ten finishes. He finished the season second in the Winston Cup Series points standings to Matt Kenseth. In 2004 Johnson had 8 wins, 20 top-fives, 23 top-tens and he finished the year 2nd in the point standings. In 2005 Johnson stayed in the top five in the points standings all year, winning 4 races. He finished the 2005 season 5th in the Nextel Cup Series points.
2006–2010[change | edit source]
In 2006 Johnson won five races and his first Nextel Cup Series championship. Johnson had 13 top-fives, 24 top-tens, 1 pole, and he led 854 laps during the 2006 season. In 2007 Johnson had 10 wins, 4 poles, 20 top-fives, and 24 top-tens. At the end of the season, he had won his second championship.
In his 2008 season Johnson got 7 wins, 6 poles, 15 top-fives, 22 top-tens, and his third Sprint Cup Series Championship. Johnson only failed to finish one race in the 2008 season. During the 2009 season Johnson had 7 wins, 4 poles, 16 top-fives, 24 top-tens, and he led a total of 2,238 laps. He finished the season 1st in points, becoming the only driver to win four championships in a row.
In 2010, Johnson won his 5th Sprint Cup Series championship. He finished the season withd 2 pole positions, 17 top-fives, 23 top-tens, 6 wins, 1326 laps led. He failed to finish four of the races in the 2010 season. With this championship, Johnson became the only driver to have won 5 championships in a row.
References[change | edit source]
- "Jimmie Johnson named AP Male Athlete of the Year – ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2009-12-21. http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/news/story?id=4761210. Retrieved 2010-11-12.
- "Jimmie Johnson". http://www.racing-reference.info/driver/Jimmie_Johnson. Retrieved 2011-03-24.
- "In vulnerable season, Johnson leaves no doubts". http://www.nascar.com/news/101121/inside-line-dcaraviello-jjohnson-champion-chase/index.html. Retrieved 2011-02-21.
- "Jimmy Johnson stretches his record run of championships". http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/racing/s_710420.html. Retrieved 2011.
- Johnson and wife expecting 1st child
- "Johnson finally settles on name for 'Baby J'". http://msn.foxsports.com/nascar/story/Johnson-finally-settles-on-a-name-for-Baby-J-071110. Retrieved 2011-01-11.
- Jim, Tretow. "Howie Lettow Remembered". Speed 51. http://www.speed51.com/2010_Stories/Specials/Obit_lettow_tretow_8_19.html. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
- "Jimmie Johnson". http://www.nascar.com/drivers/dps/jjohnson00/cup/. Retrieved 2011-02-21.
- "Johnson finishes 5th in finale". ESPN. 2009-11-23. http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/news/story?id=4680522. Retrieved 2009-11-28.
Other websites[change | edit source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Jimmie Johnson|
- Team Lowe's Racing: Jimmie Johnson's official web site
- NASCAR.com: Jimmie Johnson
- Jimmie Johnson on FoxSports
- The Jimmie Johnson Foundation
- Jimmie Johnson at the Internet Movie Database
- Jimmie Johnson Video on FoxSports Video Archive