Race car driver Jimmie Kenneth Johnson popularly known as Jimmie Johnson was born on 17th of September 1975, in El Cajon, California. Jimmie attended High School named ‘Granite Hills’ in El Cajon, California near San Diego. The Californian started his racing career with help and support of his family at very early age of five by participating in 50cc motorbike race. Since then Jimmy has graduated from 50cc motor cycle racer to famous NASCAR Sprint cup race car driver.
Although Jimmie Johnson started his career as an off road racer of 50cc motorcycles, his first victory was in 60cc class championship. Jimmie injured his knee in the course of victory and had to leave several races in that season.
After his early start in motorcycle racing Jimmie Johnson soon graduated himself to four wheels. Jimmie participated in a number of off-road championships like SCORE International, SODA and Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group. The results of these championships were very encouraging for the dexterous racecar driver with over twenty-five victories, over one hundred top-three finishes, six major championships. Jimmie also received honors of bring Rookie of the Year in all three leagues. He raced with Herzog Motorsports in1996 -97 SODA series.
Later on Jimmie joined the (ASA) American Speed Association circuit, qualifying at California Speedway In 1998. At the same time, he also began racing in the NASCAR Busch Series, thus he was running in both the ASA and the Busch Series, winning twice and finishing third in the ASA point race.
Johnson became a Busch Series driver with Herzog Motorsports by 2000. He finished at rank three in the Rookie of the Year standings and 10th in the points standings.
In 2001 at the ‘Hills Brothers Coffee 300’ in his 81st series event at Chicagoland speedway he won the Busch Series race. Johnson is also known for miraculous escape from a crash that took place at Watkins Glen when the brakes of his car failed while running at its full-speed, Johnson crashed but amazingly he emerged from the car uninjured, forcing his fists in the air in excitement.
Some of Jimmie Johnson’s outstanding events throughout his NASCAR career include the privilege of being the first in the NASCAR Cup series to sweep both races at a track at Dover International Speedway. Jimmie also has the credit of winning the 2006 and 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup championships. From the time of his rookie season Johnson ranks 2nd among all drivers. Jimmie Johnson is the lone one among race car drivers to win three consecutive Coca-Cola 600s.
In 2002 Johnson began racing in the Cup series and succeed the pole at the 2002 Daytona 500 and ended the race by gaining 15th position. In his 2003 world Cup drive, Johnson had three point-race victories. In 2004, Johnson had a slow start; although he rapidly jumped back with a win in week five at the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 at Darlington Raceway. In the year 2005 he kept himself among the top five rankers throughout the year, winning at Las Vegas, Lowe's Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, and then again at Lowe's Motor Speedway. In February 19, 2006 Jimmie Johnson under the Red Flag at Phoenix won his first Daytona 500. For Johnson’s 2007 season began with a DNF after he was knocked out of the Daytona 500 when he hit into the infield, but he recovered quickly with a third place finish at California in the next week, and went on winning the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400. Jimmie finished in 3rd position in the 30th running of the Budweiser Shootout in 2008 and qualified 1st for the Daytona 500.
Johnson also worked for ESPN as a field reporter in the SODA series. Johnson formally hosts a weekly radio show, on XM Satellite Radio. Johnson married ‘Chandra Janway’ on December 11, 2004.