Jimmie Johnson was born on September 17th, 1975 in El, Cajon, California right outside of San Diego. The California native knows what it takes to win more than any driver on the big stage in NASCAR. His biggest accomplishment of winning seven NASCAR Cup Series championships puts him next to icons Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. These three fierce competitors are tied for the most championships.
Johnson Announces Retirement
Last year, Johnson announced that at the end of the 2020 season he will be hanging up the helmet on his full-time driving career. After finishing up a more than successful career, he will be focusing on his two daughters and more time with family. He says if the opportunity becomes available to compete in a race here and there he is game.
With the COVID-19 pandemic putting everything on hold, including part of the 2020 NASCAR season, fans started to question if Johnson would decide to compete full-time in 2021. Jimmie Johnson said his decision to retire at the end of this season has not changed. He says the unscheduled time away from the track has made him realize more how important time with family is
An Overwhelming Career
What makes Jimmie Johnson such an outstanding athlete is the unbelievable success he has had. His time in the Cup series started at Hendrick Motorsports in 2002 where he will finish up his career. In his first full-time season, he finished fifth in points. In 2003 and ’04 he ended the season in second.
He earned his first Cup Series championship in 2006 and from there it was on. Johnson continued to win the championship in the next four years, making him the first and only driver to win five consecutive championships. In 2013, he won his second Daytona 500, went to Victory Lane for his record-breaking fourth All-Star race, won from the pole at Pocono, took the second Daytona win of the season at the Coke Zero 400, then continued his winning ways at Dover and Texas to win his sixth championship. Winning the Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400, tied him with 1983 Winston Cup Champion, Bobby Allison, for sweeping both races in the same season.
His history making career didn’t slow down there. In 2016, he won the second race of the season at Atlanta, passed Kevin Harvick in overtime to win at Auto Club and took his eighth win at Charlotte at the Bank of America 500. For the first time since The Chase points system began, Jimmie Johnson made it into the “Round of 8”, won at Martinsville to lock himself the Championship 4, then went on to win at Homestead to capture his seventh championship.
During Johnson’s time in the Cup Series, he had 83 career wins which ties him with Cale Yarborough in sixth for all-time wins.
A History-Making Career Coming to a Close
Whether you like him or hate him, he is a guaranteed nominee for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He is someone his fellow competitors, NASCAR fans young and old, and others will never forget. Jimmie Johnson has left a permanent mark on the motorsports world. Current drivers and the ones to come will look up to him and want to be him.
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