Feb 18, 2021
EP 77 - Jimmie Johnson:
My old friend Jimmie Johnson is with us today. Jimmie and I go way back. We use to race together in NASCAR. And now he's racing IndyCar. Today we talk about the transition from IndyCar to NASCAR and NASCAR to IndyCar. Jimmie was surprised by just what a beast an IndyCar is. It wasn't all shop talk. We talked about the challenges of raising kids in a pandemic. We talked about workouts and goals. And then we talked about Burning Man. Jimmie, is a huge fan of "The Burn". I've never been. I'm dying to go. Jimmie said I could join them next time and he would show me the ropes. I hope you enjoy our chat as much as I did.
Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson joins Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) in 2021 to compete for NTT INDYCAR SERIES Rookie of the Year honors as he enters the street and road course races on the schedule. Johnson, a native of El Cajon, California, is one of the most accomplished and decorated professional athletes of his era and is the only race car driver ever to be named Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year. His historic seven championship titles are shared with NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt as the most all-time. Johnson began his record-breaking NASCAR Cup Series career in the No. 48 car in 2001. Over the course of his career, Johnson recorded 83 wins, 232 top-five, 374 top-10 finishes and 36 pole positions en route to seven championships, including five in a row from 2006-2010. Johnson ranks sixth on the NASCAR all-time wins list and is a two-time Daytona 500 winner (2006, 2013) and a four-time Brickyard 400 winner (2006, 2008, 2009, 2012). Away from the track, Johnson focuses on his family and rigorous fitness regimen. He has competed in numerous half-marathons, triathlons and a half Ironman where he placed 15th overall. One of the biggest accomplishments was running the prestigious Boston Marathon in 2019, where he finished with a time of 3:09:07. Johnson also focuses on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, which is dedicated to helping children, families and communities in need and has donated more than $12 million to various organizations involving children and public education.