PODCAST: Jimmie Johnson

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PODCAST: Jimmie Johnson


PODCAST: Jimmie Johnson


Ahead of his final start in the NASCAR Cup Series as a full-time driver for Hendrick Motorsports, seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson does some more reflecting on The Racing Writer’s Podcast.

It is a short but filling conversation. For instance, take in a part of Johnson’s response on how long it took for him to get comfortable in his skin through his career and many successes:

“I’m now at a point in time where I don’t give a (expletive) about what people think,” Johnson said. “That was not me a year or two ago. I’m through that. I don’t care. And I don’t care what people have to say about me trying to go run IndyCar next year. I’m going to do it; it’s what I want to do, and damn it, I’m going to go do it. It’s for me. It’s not for anybody else.”

Other topics include:

–      Whether he went through his career with a chip on his shoulder

–       When he knew he needed to hold himself accountable outside the car

–       If Johnson saw other drivers come through the sport with potential that was wasted

–       The personal and professional respect and battles with Jeff Gordon

–       What Johnson has lost or given up with his time and dedication in NASCAR

–       If he feels he’s changed the sport

–       Remembering the best race he’s driven

–       One word to sum up his career