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Jimmy Johnson – Nascar Driver

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Jimmy Johnson was born on September 17, 1975 in El Cajon, California. He graduated high school in 1993. You might think he began racing competitively after high school just like many other drivers, but Jimmy got started long before that. He started racing in competitive events when he was only 5 years old. To make the story even sweeter, he won his first big motorcycle race despite a knee injury. There is no confirmation on the type of knee injury. After all, how many five year olds return to a race after a real knee injury? F

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or all we know, he told his mom he had a boo-boo. Whatever the case may be, he won. Following that race, he continued racing in various different forms, including swimming. His other two big sports were diving and polo.

Now you know Jimmy Johnson a little bit better than you did before, but we haven’t even gotten started yet. Did you know that Jimmy is 5 feet, 11 inches and 165 pounds? Of course, that weight might sway a little depending on the season, but he’s not a large fellow and he stays in good shape.

Jimmy Johnson rides the #48 car for Hendricks Motorsports. He has won dozens of major races and received numerous achievement awards throughout his career. What is most impressive is that he is the first person ever to win five consecutive Championship Cup Series. To date, he has 353 races, 54 wins, 25 poles, 145 Top 5 finishes, and 220 Top 10 finishes.

For the NASCAR Spring Cup Series, Jimmy Johnson drove his first race in 2001 at the UAW-GM Quality 500 in Charlotte. His first win was in 2002 at the NAPA Auto Parts 500 in Bristol, Pennsylvania. His most recent win was in 2011 at Aaron’s 499 in Talladega, Tennessee.

For the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Jimmy Johnson had his best finish in 2001, which was 8th place. His first race was at the 1998 Kroger 200 in Indianapolis, Indiana. His first win was at the 2001 Sam’s Club Presents Hill Bros Coffee 300 in Chicago. He has 1 win, 24 Top 10 finishes and 2 Poles.

For the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Jimmy Johnson had his best finish in 2008, which was 104th place. His first race was at the 2008 O’Reilly 200 in Bristol, Tennessee. He doesn’t have any wins, Top 10 finishes or poles. That said, Jimmy Johnson doesn’t really care about the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

One thing that Jimmy Johnson and his wife, Chandra, do care about is the Jimmy Johnson Foundation. This foundation was set-up to help people and communities in need. The majority of the attention is put on communities in North Carolina and California, but they will assist people and communities in other areas. The Jimmy Johnson Foundation was founded in 2006 and has since earned over $2 million. The majority of this money has gone toward food, water and shelter for those who need it most.

Jimmy and Chandra had a baby girl in July of 2010.

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Santa Pod Hosts European Drag Racing Finals

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For most normal people in the British Isles, chugging to the shops in something dull, the idea of drag racing conjures up images of glamorous Yanks, sun-drenched desert airfields and blingin’ USA style showmanship, as ridiculously powerful nitrous-methane fuelled drag cars launch their sacrificial pilots into mind-numbingly fast races which are over in seconds.

drag carWell, small English village Podington in Bedfordshire may not be Arizona, but Santa Pod lives up to the image in every other respect. Between 8-11 September around 300 race teams and up to 25,000 spectators will descend on this normally peaceful corner of England for Europe’s most prestigious high-stakes drag racing meet for the 45th European finals.

The event plays host to the Top Fuel class of drag racer – the sport’s answer to F1, but with the horsepower of a NASA launch rocket under every bonnet. Top Fuel ‘cars’ can unleash an incredible 8,000bhp to hit top speeds of over 300 miles per hour in just a quarter of a mile of acceleration. The investment is astronomical, as are the prizes.

Although these vehicles have more in common with the Space Shuttle than a family hatchback, it is the challenge of staying on the ground that must be overcome. Rather than challenging Earth’s gravitational pull, a drag racer’s life depends on staying firmly attached to the runway.

For the race teams striving to confidently thrust their implausible monstrosities beyond the reach of the competition, victory is all about walking a fine line between safety, possibility, and disaster. Fine-tuning these awesome examples of engineering, success relies on finding the absolute maximum acceleration possible without just burning rubber.

As many drag racers have sadly found over the years, these vastly expensive machines often spin out, flip or explode along with their brave (or insane?) drivers due to the same pulverising vigour that’s meant to win races. Since the days of American pioneers drag-racing on normal roads were put to an end and sportsters were made to comply with safety rules, the numbers of accidents have steadily declined – but don’t we all have a memory of seeing one of these things blow up on telly?

So far so lucky, Britain’s biggest drag star (not Dame Edna) is a four time FIA champion. Last year Andy Carter achieved the fastest winning run in Europe; crossing the 1/4 mile finish line at 320.19mph after just 4.572 seconds.

Just don’t make any jokes about stamina – you know when these bad boys are on their way… and then it’s all over.

Gerry Bern

 

 

Gerry Bern 2011

Although Gerry’s 13 mile journey to work would only take about 150 seconds in Andy Carter’s Top Fuel land-rocket, the author plans to save a lot of money and his skin by finding a used car on Autoweb.co.uk instead. Let’s assume nitrous-methane powered beasts are out of the question – a used Audi is more my style!

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