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Jimmie Johnson
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Johnson in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, August 2009
Born September 17, 1975 (1975-09-17) (age 34)
Hometown El Cajon, California
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Achievements 2006/2007/2008/2009

Sprint Cup Series Champion
Sprint All-Star Race XIX and XXII Winner
2006 Daytona 500 Winner

2006/2008/2009 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Winner
Awards 1998 ASA Rookie of the Year

Off-road championships in SODA, SCORE International and Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group

2009 Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series statistics
Car #, team 48 – Hendrick Motorsports
2009 Sprint Cup position 1st
Best cup position 1st – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
First race 2001 UAW-GM Quality 500 (Charlotte)
First win 2002 NAPA Auto Parts 500 (California)
Last win 2010 Shelby American (Las Vegas)
Wins Top tens Poles
49 182 23
NASCAR Nationwide Series statistics
Best NNS position 8th - 2001
First race 1998 Kroger 200 (IRP)
First win 2001 Sam's Club Presents Hill Bros. Coffee 300 (Chicago)
Last win 2001 Sam's Club Presents Hill Bros. Coffee 300 (Chicago)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 23 2
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series statistics
Best NCWTS position 104th - 2008
First race 2008 O'Reilly 200 (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of March 7, 2010.

Jimmie Kenneth Johnson (born September 17, 1975), nicknamed "Superman" by fellow driver Mark Martin, is an American stock car racer from El Cajon, California. Jimmie Johnson started his NASCAR career in 1996 and currently drives the 48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet Impala co-owned by Rick Hendrick and his teammate Jeff Gordon operated by Hendrick Motorsports. Jimmie Johnson is a four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, and in 2009 he became the only driver to win four consecutive Sprint Cup Series Championships.[1] He is the 2009 Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press, 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver of the year, as well as being considered as 2000's "Driver of the Decade."

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Personal life

Jimmie Johnson was born in El Cajon, California in 1975. He attended Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, California near San Diego with current free-agent second baseman Marcus Giles. At Granite Hills High School the No. 48 is retired for all sports in honor of Johnson. He married Chandra Janway on December 11, 2004, and on January 4, 2010, the Associated Press reported that the Johnsons are expecting their first child, a girl, in July 2010.[2]

Johnson 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 Sprint Cup champion makes an appearance during that game). His interview aired directly opposite of the opening kickoff of the AFC Championship game.

Jimmie 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 Johnson was named San Diego's Pro-Athlete of the Year by the San Diego Hall of Champions on January 31, 2007, and San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders also proclaimed October 9 Jimmie Johnson Day. He is a former co-host of the weekly radio broadcast, "Not What You Expected", which he hosted with NASCAR journalist Marty Smith on XM Satellite Radio. 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. In November 2009, Johnson signed a mini-series deal with HBO for a NASCAR based reality show, like the Dallas Cowboys did in 2008. Cameras will follow Johnson from January up to the 2010 Daytona 500.[3]

Early racing career

Jimmie Johnson began his racing career on 50cc motorcycles at the age of five years old. Johnson was successful on motorcycles at an early age, and by the time he was eight, he won the 60cc class championship despite injuring his knee with several races left in the season. From motorcycle racing he made the move onto four wheels and was picked up by Nelson & Nelson Racing. He went on to compete in several off-road leagues including SODA, SCORE International and Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group. During this time he was introduced to Herb Fischel who was the head of Motorsports at General Motors. This meeting would prove to be the most critical relationship in the furthering of his career until his relationship with Jeff Gordon and Rick Hendrick. During his time in the SODA, SCORE and MTEG series, he accumulated over 25 wins, 100 top-three finishes, six championships, and received Rookie of the Year honors in all three leagues. Johnson raced with Herzog Motorsports in the 1996 and 1997 SODA series. Johnson was a field reporter for Marty Reid and ESPN in the SODA series.

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 Nationwide Series, driving in three events. In 1999, Johnson continued to run in both the ASA and the Nationwide Series, winning twice and finishing third in the ASA point race. By 2000, Johnson became a full time Nationwide Series driver with Herzog Motorsports, finished 10th in the points standings and third in the Rookie of the Year standings. He won his only Nationwide Series race in 2001 at the Hills Brothers Coffee 300 at Chicagoland Speedway in his 81st series event. After a mediocre finish to his second year in the NASCAR Nationwide series, Johnson was teamed up with 'Super' crew chief Chad Knaus.

During the 2000 Season, Johnson was left in a tight spot while racing in the NASCAR Nationwide 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 Nationwide 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. Gordon would become a share owner of the 48 team that Johnson would end up driving for in 2002. Johnson's pre-Sprint Cup career is also noted for a crash that occurred at Watkins Glen in 2000 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.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career

Johnson qualifying at Auto Club Speedway
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2002–2005

In 2002, Jimmie Johnson started racing full time in the Winston Cup Series. In 2002 Jimmie had 3 wins, 4 poles, 6 top-fives, 21 top-tens, and he led 838 laps throughout the season.The races he won include the Auto Club 500, the MBNA 400, and the MBNA America 400. Even though his statistics are good he still did not win the Rookie of the Year Award where NASCAR was wanting more consistent finishes. In the 2002 season he had 3 DNFs and finished 5th in the point standings.

For his 2003 Cup campaign, Johnson had three points-race victories: first winning the Coca Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway and later sweeping both races at New Hampshire International Speedway, the New England 300 and the Sylvania 300. His 2003 Cup season statistics include 14 top-five finishes and 20 top-ten finishes, with an average finishing position of 11.4. Johnson finished the season second in the points standings to Matt Kenseth. Johnson got his first and second wins in back to back weekends by winning the The Winston on May 18 and the Coca-Cola 600 on May 25, both at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

In 2004 Jimmie Johnson started off badly but over the season he collected 8 wins, 20 top-fives, 23 top-tens, and he finished 2nd in the point standings. The races he won include the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400, the Coca-Cola 600, the Pocono 500, the Pennsylvania 500, the UAW-GM Quality 500, the Subway 500, the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500, and the Mountain Dew Southern 500. He also has 8 DNFs.

In 2005, Johnson stayed in the top five in the points standings all year, winning at Las Vegas, Lowe's Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, and then again at Lowe's Motor Speedway. In total, Johnson had four straight wins at his sponsor (Lowe's) sponsored track in Charlotte, North Carolina, and became only the second driver to win three consecutive races in one of NASCAR's majors (his car owner, Jeff Gordon, won four consecutive Southern 500 titles from 1995–1998, but that leg of the Grand Slam was eliminated in the Ferko lawsuit). Johnson had a chance to win the championship coming into the November 20 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but finished 5th in points after crashing at the midway point of the event with a tire problem. Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, and Mark Martin all finished ahead of the #48 Chevrolet. Johnson's 2005 Cup season statistics include 22 top-10 finishes with an average finishing position of 12.7.

2006–2010

In 2006 Jimmie Johnson would have a dream season, winning five races and receiving the Sprint Cup Series championship, his first of four. The races he won include the Daytona 500, UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400, Aaron's 499, Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, and the Subway 500. In 2006 he also won the Nextel All-Star Challenge. His 2006 statistics include 13 top-fives, 24 top-tens, 1 pole, and he led 854 laps. In 2007 Jimmie had 10 wins, 4 poles, 20 top-fives, and 24 top-tens.

The races he won in 2007 include the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, Kobalt Tools 500, Goody's Cool Orange 500, Crown Royal Presents the Jim Stewart 400, Sharp AQUOS 500, Chevy Rock & Roll 400, Subway 500, Pep Boys Auto 500, Dickies 500, and the Checker Auto Parts 500. In 2007 he would win his second consecutive championship. Overall he led 1289 laps in the season.

His 2008 season was once again a dream season with 7 wins, 6 poles, 15 top-fives, 22 top-tens, and the Sprint Cup Series Championship. The races he won in 2008 was the Subway Fresh Fit 500, the Allstate 400 at The Brickyard, the Pepsi 500, the Chevy Rock & Roll 400, the Camping World RV 400, the TUMS QuikPak 500, and the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500. In the year 2008, Johnson only had one DNF which was during the Coca-Cola 600. In 2008 he tied NASCAR history by being the second driver to win three consecutive championships. In the 2008 season Jimmie Johnson has a total of 1,959 laps led.

During his 2009 season Jimmie Johnson had 7 wins, 4 poles, 16 top-fives, 24 top-tens, and he led a total of 2,238 laps.The races he won was the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500, the Autism Speaks 400, the Allstate 400 at The Brickyard, the AAA 400, the Pepsi 500, the NASCAR Banking 500, and the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500. In 2009 Jimmie Johnson had 2 DNFs, one during the Aarons 499, and the other one during the Budweiser Shootout. He made NASCAR history in 2009 by being the only driver to win four consecutive championships.

In 2010, Johnson plans to beat his record by winning 5 consecutive championships. As of now he has 2 top-fives, 2 top-tens, 2 wins, 119 laps led, and he has one DNF which was during the Daytona 500. As of now he has won the Auto Club 500 and the Shelby American.

List of all time Johnson wins

Date Race
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 400 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
2/12/2005 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona Beach, FL
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 Beach, 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 Fort Worth, 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
10/19/2008 TUMS QuikPak 500 at Martinsville, VA
11/9/2008 Checker O'Reilly Parts 500 at Phoenix, AZ
3/29/2009 Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville, VA
5/31/2009 Autism Speaks 400 at Dover, DE
7/26/2009 Allstate 400 at Indianapolis, IN
9/27/2009 AAA 400 at Dover, DE
10/11/2009 Pepsi 500 at Fontana, CA
10/17/2009 NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America at Charlotte, NC
11/15/2009 Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil at Phoenix, AZ
2/11/2010 Gatorade Duel at Daytona Beach, FL
2/21/2010 Auto Club 500 at Fontana, CA
2/28/2010 Shelby American at Las Vegas, NV

Non-points race

Career statistics

Year Races Wins Poles Top 5 Top 10 DNF Finish Start Winnings Season Rank Team(s)
2001 3 0 0 0 0 1 31.0 22.0 $122,320 52nd Hendrick Motorsports
2002 36 3 4 6 21 3 13.5 14.3 $2,847,702 5th Hendrick Motorsports
2003 36 3 2 14 20 3 11.4 12.3 $5,517,850 2nd Hendrick Motorsports
2004 36 8 1 20 23 7 12.1 10.5 $5,692,624 2nd Hendrick Motorsports
2005 36 4 1 13 22 5 12.7 12.2 $6,796,664 5th Hendrick Motorsports
2006 36 5 1 13 24 1 9.7 10.8 $8,909,143 1st Hendrick Motorsports
2007 36 10 4 20 24 4 10.8 9.8 $7,646,421 1st Hendrick Motorsports
2008 36 7 6 15 22 1 10.5 8.5 $7,354,861 1st Hendrick Motorsports
2009 36 7 4 16 24 1 11.1 8.3 $7,333,309 1st Hendrick Motorsports
2010 4 2 0 2 2 1 12.3 11.5 $1,256,601 4th Hendrick Motorsports
Totals 295 49 23 119 182 27 11.7 11.0 $53,483,820

(Data as of March 7, 2010)[4][5][6][7][8]

The Jimmie Johnson Foundation

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Jimmie Johnson launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006. The Jimmie Johnson Foundation is dedicated to assisting children, families and communities in need throughout the United States. The Foundation strives to help everyone, particularly children, pursue their dreams.

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, 2008, and 2009, Johnson won at his home track, Auto Club Speedway, in a special Jimmie Johnson Foundation paint scheme.

Tony Pedregon, NHRA drag racer, has raced a Jimmie Johnson Foundation paint scheme at the 2009 event at Bristol Dragway. Pedregon's sponsors Quaker State and Herzog both have ties with Johnson.The Jimmie Johnson Foundation also runs as a sponsor for a race held at Phoenix International Raceway.

Other racing

Johnson participated in two Grand Am Rolex Sports Car series races in 2007; Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona (January 24–28) and the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona (July 5). His NASCAR sponsor Lowe's paired him up with the Riley factory entry driven by Jim Mathews and Marc Goossens. In 2010 Jimmie Johnson will race in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona with Jimmy Vassar, Alex Gurney, and Jon Fogarty on the GAINSCO/ Bob Stallings Racing team.

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 consultant also in dirt truck racing.

Grand Am Races
Date Race Track Start Finish Rank Behind
01/27-28/2007 Rolex 24 at Daytona Daytona International Speedway
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36th
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06/5/2007 Brumos Porsche 250 Daytona International Speedway
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10th
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01/30-31/2010 Rolex 24 at Daytona Daytona International Speedway
43rd
21st
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In the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Brumos Porsche 250 please note that Jimmie Johnson shares his car with several other drivers.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Fernando Alonso
Jesús Puras
Rubén Xaus
Race of Champions
Nations' Cup

2002 with:
Colin Edwards
Jeff Gordon
Succeeded by
Cristiano da Matta
Fonsi Nieto
Gilles Panizzi
Preceded by
Dale Jarrett
Bud Shootout winner
2005
Succeeded by
Denny Hamlin
Preceded by
Jeff Gordon
Daytona 500 winner
2006
Succeeded by
Kevin Harvick
Preceded by
Tony Stewart
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion
20062009
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Current Holder
Preceded by
Tony Stewart
Brickyard 400 winner
2006
Succeeded by
Tony Stewart
Preceded by
Tony Stewart
Brickyard 400 winner
20082009
Succeeded by
Current Holder
Preceded by
Mark Martin
Coca Cola 600 winner
20032005
Succeeded by
Kasey Kahne
Preceded by
Ryan Newman
Sprint All Star Race winner
2003,2006
Succeeded by
Kevin Harvick
Preceded by
Kevin Harvick
NASCAR EA cover athlete
(shares with Jeff Gordon)

2006
Succeeded by
Elliot Sadler
Preceded by
Michael Phelps
Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year
2009
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Current Holder

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Jimmie Kenneth Johnson
Born September 17, 1975 (1975-09-17) (age 35)
Hometown El Cajon, California
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg)
Achievements

2006/2007/2008/2009/2010
Sprint Cup Series Champion
Sprint All-Star Race XIX and XXII Winner
2006 Daytona 500 Winner

2006/2008/2009 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Winner
Awards

1998 ASA Rookie of the Year
Off-road championships in SODA, SCORE International and Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group

2009 Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series statistics
Car #, team #48 – Hendrick Motorsports
2009 Sprint Cup position 1st
Best Cup position 1st – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
First race 2001 UAW-GM Quality 500 (Charlotte)
First win 2002 NAPA Auto Parts 500 (California)
Last win 2010 AAA 400 (Dover)
Wins Top tens Poles
53 203 25
NASCAR Nationwide Series statistics
Best NNS position 8th – 2001
First race 1998 Kroger 200 (IRP)
First win 2001 Sam's Club Presents Hill Bros. Coffee 300 (Chicago)
Last win 2001 Sam's Club Presents Hill Bros. Coffee 300 (Chicago)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 23 2
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series statistics
Best NCWTS position 104th – 2008
First race 2008 O'Reilly 200 (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of November 21, 2010.

Jimmie Kenneth Johnson (born September 17, 1975) in El Cajon, California is an American racecar driver. Jimmie drives the # 48 Lowe's Chevrolet Impala SS for Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Jimmie Johnson won the 2010 Sprint Cup championship, making him the only driver to have won 5 championships in a row.[1]

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