5 QUESTIONS WITH...JIMMIE JOHNSON
Women in Motorsports North America (WIMNA) ally, Jimmie Johnson, is a seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and current NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver. He is also participating in the upcoming Women with Drive II Summit taking place October 5 & 6 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. WIMNA welcomes the 46-year-old from El Cajon, California to the WIMNA feature, “Five Questions With….”
After tying NASCAR legends, Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt with seven titles in an 83-victory, 19-season NASCAR career, Johnson transitioned to open-wheel racing part-time in 2021 and has now completed his first full time season racing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES just this month.
The driver of the No. 48 Chip Ganassi Racing Carvana Honda scored a career best NTT INDYCAR SERIES finish of fifth at the Iowa Speedway in July following a sixth place run in his first open-wheel oval race at Texas Motor Speedway earlier in the season. The certain NASCAR Hall of Famer-to-be also made his Indianapolis 500 debut in May – among the fastest in practice all month, he started 12th and finished 28th after a late race incident.
Johnson is a role model to so many – taking his place among the sport’s all-time greatest coming from a modest early career racing motorcycles and off-road trucks in the California dessert to taking full advantage of his hard-earned opportunity in NASCAR’s big leagues.
Here’s what the racing legend had to say:
This is always a great question. I would say, I would tell myself to take it all in and that you never know how things will turn out. Live more in the moment.
I do have goals and I’ve accomplished so many of them. My NTT INDYCAR SERIES journey is a great example of accomplishing goals. Sometimes they take a little longer than you want them to, but the point is to keep after it and work hard.
The movie “Spaceballs” (random, I know), and advice from my daughter about how work is supposed to be fun. You never know what she is going to say, and her point of view is adorable.
This is a hard question, there are so many. I think back in NASCAR when my youngest daughter was only four or five when I won my last race. The last three years in NASCAR I didn’t win, and she would always ask, ‘Daddy, when are you going to win again?’ and I just laugh because it’s just not that simple.
I would say my fitness is pretty good. I’m also good at multi-tasking.