Jimmie Johnson is a professional auto racing driver. After graduating from Granite Hills High School he competed in off-road series. He raced in Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group (MTEG), Short-course Off-road Drivers Association (SODA) and SCORE International, winning rookie of the year in each series.
In 1998, Johnson and his team, Herzog Motorsports, began stock car racing. He moved to the national American Speed Association (ASA) series for late model touring cars, and won another rookie of the year title. A seven-time NASCAR Series champion, he competed full-time in the series from 2002 to 2020, driving the No. 48 Chevrolet with Hendrick Motorsports, before transitioning to open-wheel racing. Since 2021, he drives the No. 48 Honda on a part-time schedule for Chip Ganassi Racing in the IndyCar Series. Johnson's seven Cup championships, five of which are consecutive, are tied with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for the most all time, as of 2021. His successes have caused many analysts and fellow drivers to consider Johnson as one of the greatest NASCAR drivers of all time.
Johnson has appeared on the cover of several magazines, including NASCAR Illustrated, Sports Illustrated, Men's Fitness, and Success