THE MAN BEHIND THE HELMET

Johnson married Chandra Janway in 2004 and is a father to daughters Genevieve Marie and Lydia Norriss. He has a vested interest in art and photography as Chandra owns SOCO Art Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the family resides. Johnson is an avid snow skier and enjoys spending time in Colorado and New York City.

Johnson married Chandra Janway in 2004 and is a father to daughters Genevieve Marie and Lydia Norriss. He has a vested interest in art and photography as Chandra owns SOCO Art Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the family resides. Johnson is an avid snow skier and enjoys spending time in Colorado and New York City.

With an appeal that extends well beyond racing, Johnson was the first athlete ever to co-host ESPN’s flagship news show, “SportsCenter.” He has been a guest on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “The Late, Late Show with James Corden,” “LIVE with Kelly and Ryan,” “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America” and “Ellen.” Johnson made a cameo on NBC’s “Superstore” and was a presenter at the 51st annual Country Music Association Awards which aired in primetime on ABC. He has appeared as himself numerous times in scripted series, including on Nickelodeon’s animated “Bubble Guppies” and as character “Jiminy Johnson” on Disney’s “Mickey and the Roadster Racers.” In print, he has twice been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, along with publications such as Success, Parade and TV Guide.

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.

MEET THE RACER

The only race car driver in history to be named Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year

Jimmie is a seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, sharing the all-time record with stock car racing icons Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson joins Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) in 2021 to compete forNTT 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). 

HISTORY

TURNING THE PAGE

Jimmie begins racing Indy Car

Jimmie Johnson begins racing Indy Car for Chip Ganassi Racing and Carvana. Check out the latest videos and images in our 2021 galleries. With his second test at Barber, he's starting to really get a feel for the IndyCar.

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JIMMIE, THE PHILANTHROPIST

+48 WISHES GRANTED

In 2006, the Johnsons launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, which is dedicated to helping children, families and communities in need. It focuses on funding K-12 public education, primarily through the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, Champions Grant program and the annual Helmet of Hope initiative. Grants have been awarded nationwide to hundreds of school projects focused on science and technology, health and fitness programs, trade-based programs, school improvements, language and literary programs, and the arts. The foundation raises funds through an annual golf tournament and a series of special events held throughout the year. To date, more than $12.4 million has been contributed to various organizations. Johnson also partners with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant children diagnosed with critical illnesses life-changing experiences and he has granted more than 48 wishes throughout his racing career.

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