I t's a mark that many NASCAR traditionalists thought would
stand forever, but Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt might
soon have company in the seven-title club.
Courtesy of NASCAR
After having his five-year winning streak halted in 2012, Jimmie Johnson was
back on top last year, claiming his sixth Sprint Cup Series championship.
The driver, originally from California, has become a racing legend in his own
right and will go down in history alongside Petty, Earnhardt and the many other
trailblazers who came before him.
In a sport of constant change and rule alterations, Johnson's achievements
have been made possible by his versatility and ability to roll with the punches.
Case in point: His championships have come in three different generations of
NASCAR Sprint Cup cars.
Johnson has been quoted as saying 2013 was one of the more special title
runs of his career. With four victories throughout the regular season, Johnson
led the points standings after all but three races.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver still found himself starting the Chase as the
No. 2 seed behind Matt Kenseth. But Johnson won at Dover International
Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway to eventually pass his rival.
Johnson used his experience - he is the only driver to qualify in all 10 years
of the Chase era - to edge Kenseth by 19 points down the stretch.
THE JIMMIE JOHNSON FOUNDATION
Equally as impressive as his feats on the track, Johnson's work in the
community has helped cement his reputation as a superstar even further.
He and his wife, Chandra, launched The Jimmie Johnson Foundation in 2006
to help children, families and communities in need. The foundation supports
several charities, including Habitat for Humanity and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
According to Johnson's website, his annual golf tournament has helped raise
$2 million in support of Habitat for Humanity projects.