51 Facts About Jimmie Johnson

1. Jimmie Johnson is featured in the 2011 racing video game Jimmie Johnson's Anything with an Engine.

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2. Jimmie Johnson makes a cameo appearance as a pilot in the music video for The Avett Brothers' "Ain't No Man", the lead single from the album True Sadness.

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3. Jimmie Johnson appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show during its tenth season in 2013.

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4. Jimmie Johnson starred in an episode of the television series Las Vegas in 2005.

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5. Jimmie Johnson made an appearance as himself in the 2005 film Herbie: Fully Loaded, commenting on Herbie's sunroof as unusual for a stock car to have, and his car is briefly seen from Herbie's POV.

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6. Jimmie Johnson holds the record for the most consecutive and total playoffs appearances, with 15.

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7. Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to have qualified for the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs every single year since its inception in 2004.

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8. Jimmie Johnson has won the Driver of the Year Award five times.

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9. In 2014, Jimmie Johnson joined the Ban Bossy campaign, as a spokesperson advocating leadership in young girls.

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10. Jimmie Johnson is married to Chandra Janway, the two having known each other since 2002.

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11. Jimmie Johnson was a varsity water polo player, diver, and swimmer, and graduated in 1993.

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12. Jimmie Johnson was born on September 17, 1975 in El Cajon, California, the son of Catherine Ellen "Cathy" and Gary Ernest Johnson.

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13. In 2008, Jimmie Johnson moved to Bob Stallings Racing with Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty to race in the 2008 Rolex 24 at Daytona, where the team finished second.

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14. Jimmie Johnson was eliminated in the first runoff by then world rally champion Marcus Gronholm of Finland but he and Jeff Gordon and Colin Edwards racing as Team USA won the teams' championship.

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15. On November 26, 2018, Jimmie Johnson participated in a motorsports cultural exchange with two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso at Bahrain International Circuit, where both drivers compared their respective race cars.

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16. Jimmie Johnson will be paired with JR Motorsports crew chief Kevin Meendering in the 2019 season.

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17. Jimmie Johnson finished eighth, and as a result of a three-way tie with 0 points, he was eliminated in the Round of 16.

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18. Jimmie Johnson qualified third for the 2018 Daytona 500, but had to go to a backup car after wrecking in his Duel.

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19. Jimmie Johnson would charge through the field and finish 7th.

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20. Jimmie Johnson finished third and eleventh in the next two events of the season at Las Vegas and Phoenix.

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21. Jimmie Johnson began the 2016 season with a 16th-place finish at the Daytona 500.

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22. Jimmie Johnson finished 5th at Phoenix, and for the third year in a row, he finished 9th at Homestead.

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23. Jimmie Johnson was the subject of controversy when he made contact with Kevin Harvick on a three-wide pass that led to Harvick cutting a left rear tire, leaving Harvick with a 42nd-place finish.

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24. Jimmie Johnson rebounded at Bristol by finishing 4th, but had bad luck once more at Darlington.

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25. Jimmie Johnson finished 19th at Michigan after the race was called for rain on lap 138.

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26. Jimmie Johnson rebounded with an 11th-place finish in Phoenix and a ninth-place finish at California, his first top ten there in two years.

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27. Jimmie Johnson started the season by finishing fifth in the Daytona 500 for the second year in a row.

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28. At the season finale at Homestead, Jimmie Johnson finished ninth, and closed out finishing 11th in points.

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29. Jimmie Johnson capitalized on Kenseth suffering from a poor-handling car.

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30. Jimmie Johnson spent the next several races chasing Matt Kenseth for the points lead, eventually gaining it at Talladega, though losing it when he and Kenseth tied for points lead at Martinsville.

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31. Jimmie Johnson had the dominant car of the race, leading 182 of 267 laps.

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32. Jimmie Johnson took the advantage of leading on the last restart.

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33. On May 6, 2012, Jimmie Johnson started 19th in the Aaron's 499 at Talladega, but finished 35th after his engine failed on lap 110.

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34. Jimmie Johnson began the 2012 season with a 14th-place finish in the Budweiser Shootout after crashing on lap 74.

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35. Jimmie Johnson finished fourth in the Good Sam RV Insurance 500, after bumping Kurt Busch on the final lap.

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36. In 2011, Jimmie Johnson began the season with a fourth-place finish in the Budweiser Shootout, after starting from the 23rd position.

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37. Jimmie Johnson won Tony Stewart's charity race, the Prelude to the Dream, his first victory on a dirt oval.

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38. Jimmie Johnson was named Driver of the Year for the fourth time in his career, joining Gordon as the only drivers to win the award that many times.

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39. In December 2007, Jimmie Johnson commenced a program of exercise sessions and a run schedule supervised by John Sitaras, in order to balance his strength.

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40. Jimmie Johnson had the best average finish in the Chase with 5.0.

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41. In 2006, Jimmie Johnson began the season by winning the Daytona 500.

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42. Jimmie Johnson scored 13 top-fives, 22 top-10 finishes, and one pole position.

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43. In 2004, Jimmie Johnson started slowly at Rockingham Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway with results of 41st and 16th, after a top ten finish in the Daytona 500.

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44. Jimmie Johnson won three races, two poles (at Kansas Speedway and Pocono Raceway), fourteen top fives, and twenty top ten finishes.

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45. Jimmie Johnson began racing full-time in the Winston Cup Series during the 2002 season.

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46. Jimmie Johnson battled Scott Taylor and Brendan Gaughan for the championship.

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47. In 1993, Jimmie Johnson was given the opportunity to drive for Herb Fishel.

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48. Jimmie Johnson started racing motorcycles in 1980 when he was four.

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49. Jimmie Johnson is a two-time winner of the Daytona 500, winning in 2006 and 2013.

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50. In 2016, Jimmie Johnson won his seventh championship, tying Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for the most Cup Series championships of all time.

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51. Jimmie Johnson was born in El Cajon, California, and began racing motorcycles at the age of four.

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