Jimmie Johnson 2014 driver profile
January 27, 2014, NASCAR.com
Absent two years from the head table at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards the No. 48 team and Jimmie Johnson did what they do best – win the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Other than crew chief Chad Knaus and car chief Ron Malec, Johnson’s crew was comprised of newcomers in 2013. Right out of the starting gate, Johnson won his second Daytona 500. He led the standings through all but three of the regular season’s 26 races, but handed the No. 1 Chase seeding to Matt Kenseth based on victories. Johnson matched Kenseth’s two opening Chase victories and took the lead for good after a dominating performance at Texas Motor Speedway and wrapped up his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship with an average postseason finish of 5.1. Johnson’s six victories were his most since 2010 and his 24 top 10s matched his single-season high. He also won three poles.
With Johnson’s six NASCAR Sprint Cup championships only NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt have won more (seven). Johnson’s 66 victories put him second among all active drivers behind teammate Jeff Gordon (88). He is eighth on the all-time wins list. He also has the most wins during the 10 years of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with 24. No one else is close.
Johnson began racing motocross at the age of five and won numerous off-road championships before turning to stock cars in 1998. He made his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis the same year finishing 25th. Johnson won his only series race at Chicagoland Speedway in 2001.
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
Car: No. 48 Lowe’s/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet SS
Birthdate: September 17, 1975
Hometown: El Cajon, Calif,
Team Owner: Rick Hendrick
Crew Chief: Chad Knaus