Jimmie Johnson: One Of The Most Successful NASCAR Drivers You May Not Know About"
Over time, fans of all sports have come to know which athletes are the most incredible. NASCAR is no exception.
You might not know all of their names, but you will recognize some of the biggest ones.
If you don't know who Jimmie Johnson is, you're missing out. Keep reading to learn more about this legendary driver.
race different cars
While he is best known for racing stock cars, Jimmie Johnson has raced in many different vehicles.
Johnson started racing motorcycles at the age of 4 and won his first 60cc class championship at the age of 7.
Johnson spent the rest of his childhood racing things like buggies and trophy trucks.
He began racing in the NASCAR Busch Series in 1998 and later captured the ASA Pat Schaur Memorial rookie title.
Hoping to do well at Daytona first
For any novice driver, the Daytona 500 is a rite of passage. Johnson not only qualified for the 2002 race - he started from pole position.
He was only the second rookie driver to sit on the pole for Daytona, with Loy Allen Jr. doing so in 1994.
Despite his start, Johnson did not lead a lap during the race and finished 15th. His Hendrick
Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon also had a good run, but ultimately, Ward Burton won the race.
back to back
winDespite his rookie status in 2002, Johnson was a strong player from the start. During that year,
he managed to win the pole position six times and won a total of three Winston Cup races.