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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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How Do You Become A Racing Driver?

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Motorsport has been big business for over half a century, and rightly so. Whether it’s the glitz and glamour of open-wheeled Formula One racing, the all-American thrills of NASCAR or the more obscure feeder series’ for these and other high profile racing events, seeing those death-defying vehicles race around might well inspire you to ask ‘couldn’t I do that?’. This blog post aims to answer that question with some simple tips and difficult truths:

The Age Question

If you’re a fan of motorsport, it won’t have escaped your attention that drivers are often very young. Michael Schumacher is the oldest racing driver in Formula One at 42, and despite being seven time world champion, he is considered past his prime (as he was five years ago, when he announced his initial retirement). The last time anyone over forty one a world championship was Jack Brabham, back in 1966. In the last decade, the only person over 35 has been Schumacher himself.

If you’re reading this how-to guide for yourself whilst seriously considering a career in motorsport, you will have to understand that starting young is considered essential for competing in most of the big-name championships. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t exceptions (Damon Hill started motorcycle racing at the age of 21 and didn’t step into a racing car until the age of 23).

It also doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of opportunities for competitive racing out there. Anyone who has obtained a driver’s license can then train for a racing drivers license at a number of centres. There are also plenty of local (and legal) racing events for everything from clapped out old commercial cars to pickup trucks and stock cars. With a little investment, you could have a fun new weekend hobby!

Starting Young

The reality is, if you haven’t started racing by the time you’re a teenager, you will almost certainly never make it to the higher echelons of motorsport.

Why is this? Well, progression in motorsport certainly isn’t any different to progression in many other sports. Footballers (American or ‘Soccer’ players), tennis pros, athletes and more start very young and become full professionals around school leaving-age. Just because driving is something that millions of people do, doesn’t mean we’re all trained to racers: billions of people can run, but a statistically insignificant number of us can compete with Usain Bolt.

Racing drivers must learn racing skills: how to overtake, how to find the correct racing line, how to belt it round a track at the highest speed possible. The vast majority of drivers start learning this in local karting championships, usually in their preteens. With practice, some will show their talent. For others, it’s simply not meant to be.

Next Steps

Depending on what area of motorsport you’re aiming for, the step after karting is to jump to through advanced cars in the intermediate and advanced local-level divisions below your target sport. In American stock car racing, hopefuls aim for the ‘Late-Model’ local divisions. Those targeting Formula One go from karting to the one make Formulae (like Formula Renault, Formula Toyota and the like), before making the leap to feeder series like Formula Two, Formula Three and GP2.

Of course, there are regional biases: it’s difficult for a British racer to take the stock car route, for instance. Drivers frequently crossover between the various types of racing, being taken wherever they feel the thrill of speed (and sponsorship money) is to be found. It’s tough to make it as a professional driver, much less a driver who makes it to the top. You get there by winning races, getting sponsored and getting noticed. You’ll notice that there are holes in this general advice, because neither talent nor blind luck are things that I can prepare you for!

Jo Johnson is a copywriter working on projects for MWVC, a Vauxhall vivaro hire company.

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Saturday's Niblets from around the net.

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Saturday’s Niblets from around the net.

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By Bill Smith

Best comment of the week:

On Thursday’s article What to look for at the Combine—Offense by 2008 Taxes

Great information about what to look for in an NFL quarterback. I think high school kids should consider going to an NFL style system in college before signing with a team that plays some weird kind of spread.

That is a great point. It is one of the reasons that USC and other teams that use a traditional NFL style offense do so well at bringing drop back QBs to play for them. More athletic QBs that are more run oriented than drop back passer go to schools with the spread offense to take maximum advantage of their ability.

Updates from previous editorials:

On Texas Tech AD needs to have his head downsized from 2/18/09

Mike Leach and the administration have reached agreement. So far there is a gag order on the details of the agreement. The fans, particularly those with a history of large donations to the university, complained loudly about the problem. It is most likely that the Board of Regents slapped down AD Gerald Myers’ attempt to super glue Leach to the TT bench.

My Advice: At the next meeting of the Regents, why not discuss the future of Myers? He has done more to make your university look like a ship of fools than anyone else ever could.

The Daytona 500 prayer

There were some columnists that complained about the prayer before the race. Those that are not religious complained that there is no place for a prayer at a sporting event.

My Advice: If I was going to run that fast around that narrow a track with that many cars on it, I would want to be right with God as well. Get over it.

The Daytona 500 is cut short.

Can you imagine a Super Bowl that is called off after the 3rd quarter? How about the 7th game of the World Series called after 6 innings? I don’t for a moment believe that the fans would stand for that. There were major complaints about the MLB All Star game that was called after 14 innings and was still tied—and that was an exhibition!

NASCAR is going to have to find a way to complete the Daytona 500 no matter what. Granted the current rules provide for a race being called the way that the 500 was. But when you are running the biggest and most prestigious race of the year, you need to have special rules for it. The NFL plays unlimited overtimes for playoff games but only 1 quarter of OT for the regular season as Eagles QB Donovan McNabb found out to his surprise.

My Advice: Move the California race a week and change the rules to run the entire 500 miles for Daytona. Use the Monday after to run it if necessary but give the fans a full race.

A record 14 teams use Franchise tags

This year’s total broke last years record of 11 teams using the contract free agent loophole to keep a critical player. This might sound like no big deal but it could be a very big deal. To me, the large number (almost half of the league) indicates that those teams do not believe that the league will be able to come to an agreement with the NFLPA.

When the franchise tag is used and the team is able to sign the player to a long term contract, the tag can not be used again for the length of that contract. The fact that 2 kickers were tagged is another indication that the teams believe that the league will vote to lock the players out in 2010 if no new contract has been signed. If the league does not play football in 2010, these franchise tags would expire.

There is another possible explanation. It also could indicate that even if the league is able to get a deal, it will not include any restrictions to player movement. In that case as well, the tags would expire but the contracts would still be in place.

My Advice: I don’t often quote Larry the Cable guy but in this case I will. On the subject of the contract with the players: “GET ‘ER DONE!”

Tampa Bay lets QB Jeff Garcia leave via free agency.

Tampa Bay refused to resign Garcia and signed backup Cate McNown to a 2 year extension. That makes me wonder what new head coach Raheem Morris has been smoking! Have you seen McNown throw?

My Advice: The D is getting old but is still ready to win now. Find a starting quality QB very quickly or you and your fellow coaches won’t be around long.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .

My email is [email protected]

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