Jimmie Johnson Biography
Birthdate: September 17, 1975
Birthplace: El Cajon, California
Jimmie Johnson - California DreamingJimmie Johnson always had a need for speed. As a child growing up in southern Calidornia, he began riding motorcycles at the age of five. A few years later, he was already cleaning house in competions. He eventually moved up to four wheelers, where he was competing in three different off road leagues. It wasn’t until he was 18 that Jimmie made the switch to cars.
Jimmie Johnson - Early Racing YearsIn 1998, Jimmie Johnson had joined the both the NASCAR and American Speed Association (ASA) circuit. That year, at just 23 years old, he was named Rookie of the Year in the ASA and finished fourth overall in the league. He was also competing in the Busch Series - NASCAR’s second tier league. Jimmie Johnson won only one Busch Series race, and that was at the Hills Brothers Coffee 300 in 2001.
Jimmie Johnson - Graduating to the NEXTEL CupJimmy Johnson was a solid, but not spectacular, competitor when he was racing in the Busch Series. When he moved up to the NEXTEL Cup in 2002, he shocked everybody with his 15th place finish at the ultra-competitive Daytona 500. From that point on, Johnson kept climbing up the ranks. He is the only driver in history to be in the top five, in each of his first five seasons. Johnson made history in 2006 by being the only driver to win the Allstate 400, the Daytona 500 and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Championship all in the same year. He is averaging an incredible 4.5 victories a season, which is second amongst active players.
Jimmie Johnson - Did U Know?
Jimmie Johnson Says..."When I won my first race, it was the ultimate feeling at that point. But two days from then, you wake up and you're like, 'All right. I've got to do it again.' "