Jimmie Johnson Biography
Jimmie Johnson whose birth name is Jimmie Kenneth Johnson was born in El Cajon, Califonia on September 17, 1975. He began racing motorcycles at the age of four. After graduating from Granite Hills High School he competed in off road series. He is an American Professional stock car racing driver and a seven time champion in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. According to him, his mother worked as a school bus driver and his dad, with a tire company. Considering this, it is plausible that Jimmie developed a need for speed at an early age.
He won six championships and was named Rookie of the Year in each of those leagues before moving on to the American Speed Association, where he took Rookie of the Year honours in 1998. That same year, he began to race in NASCAR’s Busch Series and by 2000 was a member of Herzog Motorsports’ Busch team, finishing third in that season’s Rookie of the Year standings. When Herzog Motorsports lost its sponsor in 2000, Johnson was recommended to Hendrick Motorsports by NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon. He moved to Hendrick Motorsports in the Winston Cup Series in 2002 . After finishing fifth in the points in his first full season, he was second in 2003 and 2004, and fifth in 2005. Johnson won his first Cup Series championship in 2006 and with further wins in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010, he became the first and only driver in NASCAR history to win five consecutive championships.
Jimmie Johnson Age
Jimmie Johnson who was born in El Cajon, Califonia on September 17, 1975 is currently 43 years old as of 2019.
Jimmie Johnson Height and Weight
Height in meters : 1.80
Height in feet:5 ft 11 in
Weight in Pounds: 175
Weight in kilograms: 79
Jimmie Johnson Education
Information about his education has not been said much but he studied at the Granite Hills High School located in his hometown El Cajon, California,
Jimmie Johnson Wife
Johnson lives in Charlotte, North Carolina,He is married to Chandra Janway, the two having known each other for two years before they became life partners. They have two daughters, Genevieve and Lydia.
Chandra Janway who was once a model is the owner of the SOCO Art Gallery located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Way back in 2006, the two created the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, a humanitarian outlet which has helped numerous kids, thousands of families and several communities in need, the foundation equally supports a number of other programs which range from literary and arts to trade, health, and fitness. It is said that the foundation generates funds through organizing a golf tournament each year and hosting a bunch of other special events. The Jimmie Johnson Foundation has given out over $11 million to support the welfare of people across America and beyond.
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Jimmie Johnson Net Worth
He has always been listed among NASCAR’s highest paid drivers in 2017, he was the most paid with a total earning of $21.8 million.He accumulated $16.8 million from salary and prize money and received $5 million from his various endorsement deals. Jimmie has an estimated net worth of $120 million as of 2019.
Jimmie Johnson Career
He started racing motorcycles in 1980 when he was four. Three years later, he won the 60cc class championship. Afterward, he moved to the Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group Stadium Racing Series where he won several more awards. In 1993, Johnson was given the opportunity to drive for Herb Fishel. He refused the deal and continued racing buggies and trucks in off-road stadium and desert races.
In 1998, he began racing on asphalt ovals when he entered the American Speed Association as well as part-time in the NASCAR Busch Series .In the same year, Johnson won the ASA Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie title. One year later, he had two wins and finished third in the standings.In 2000, he was announced the driver for Herzog Motorsports in the Busch Series. During the season, he had a spectacular accident on lap 46 during the Lysol 200 at Watkins Glen when his brakes failed entering the first turn.
On October 7, 2001, Johnson finished 39th in his first appearance in NASCAR’s top series, the Winston Cup Series. He also earned his first Busch Series win in 2001, at Chicagoland Speedway, winding up eighth in that series’s point standings. In 2002 he began his rookie season in the Cup Series, winning three races and ending the season ranked fifth. Two of those victories came at Dover International Speedway in Delaware, making him the first rookie in series history to sweep both races at a track and the first to lead the point standings (for one week). He finished second in the standings in 2003, with three victories, and did the same in 2004, when he won a series-best eight times. He finished fifth overall in 2005 before starting his dominant run the following season.
In 2006, when he won his first Cup Series championship, Johnson registered five victories, including the Daytona 500, and had 13 top-5 and 24 top 10 finishes. In 2007 he earned his second title, becoming the first driver to have 10 victories in a season since his teammate Gordon won 13 races in 1998. In 2008 he won seven races . In 2009 Johnson again won seven races, on his way to his fourth title. He was the first to win four straight championships, and he became the first NASCAR driver to be named Male Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press. Johnson’s six victories in 2010 helped him secure a fifth championship.
Johnson’s championship streak ended in 2011, when he finished the Cup Series season in sixth place, which he followed with a third place finish in 2012. In February 2013 he won his second career Daytona 500 title, and he finished that NASCAR season with his sixth career Cup Series championship. Johnson had his worst full NASCAR season in 2014, finishing the year with four race wins and in 11th place in the Cup Series. He was slightly better in 2015, with five wins and a 10th place Cup Series finish. Jimmie has also made various television and film appearances like 2005 film Herbie: Fully Loaded, in Las Vegas –a tv series of the same year, and in the 2015 series Repeat After Me.