During his racing career, Jimmie Johnson established himself as one of the top NASCAR drivers of all time. Along with his stellar driving skills, Johnson was beloved on the circuit by his rivals due to his caring personality and love for the sport.
Many athletes struggle to cope with retirement because they don’t know what they will do once their professional career is over. Luckily for Jimmie Johnson, he already has his post-NASCAR life planned out with the help of his dog.
Jimmie Johnson is one of the most decorated champions in stock-car racing
Jimmie Johnson spent his entire NASCAR career with Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 48 Chevrolet operation. He won seven titles in NASCAR’s top division and captured 83 overall victories.
From 2006 to 2010, Johnson was the best driver in the world. He won five championships in a row, a stretch of success no one thought was possible. Johnson added his final two championships in 2013 and 2016. He is a two-time winner of the Daytona 500, winning The Great American Race in 2006 and 2013.
Johnson is sixth on the all-time wins list and the only driver to win five consecutive Cup Series championships. His decorated career will land him in the Hall of Fame one day, a place not many people thought Johnson could reach when he took his talents from motorcycle racing and off-road trucks to the NASCAR world.
Jimmie Johnson’s final NASCAR race came in November of 2020 at Phoenix Raceway. It was an incredible ride for the California native, but Johnson still has some big plans for the future.
Jimmie Johnson launches Charlie Meatball Productions
Jimmie Johnson has started a new production company called Charlie Meatball Productions, named for his dog. The company’s first major project will document Johnson’s final NASCAR season via a six-episode series called “One Final Time.”
“In the coming years, I really want to do passion projects and get deeper into this space and see things through,” Johnson said, via Variety. “We have plenty of irons in the fire. I’m looking for that passion in the partners we bring in, from the person telling the story to the people who are surrounded by it.”
“One Final Time” was shot during Johnson’s final NASCAR season, which featured many ups and downs due to COVID-19. The legendary driver tested positive for COVID-19, but that didn’t stop Johnson from shooting most of the footage of the series himself.
Even though NASCAR fans are sad to see Jimmie Johnson leave the sport, racing supporters will still get to see the talented driver show off his driving skills in the future.
NASCAR legend signed a deal to race in the NTT IndyCar Series
Before his final NASCAR race, Jimmie Johnson signed a deal to race for Chip Ganassi Racing in the NTT IndyCar Series. In November, he talked about how he’s still adapting to the new car and tracks.
“Just adapting to this new environment,” Johnson said, via Auto Week. “There’s so many things that are foreign to me, working through a lot of those little technicalities with the car, with the cockpit, procedures, then trying to get some laps in there as well. There’s so many cars here. To get there out on the track, find a clean spot to run, take my time getting up to speed has been a bit challenging with the heavy traffic and how fast these guys are.”
Jimmie Johnson will make his Indy Car debut in March on the Streets of St. Petersburg.