For most athletes, winning a championship is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. For NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson, it’s about as normal as tying his shoes. After a two year championship drought, Johnson is happy to be back on top after winning his sixth Sprint Cup Series title on Sunday.
“I look back on those two years, and there wasn't anything from those years that motivated me any more than normal,” Johnson told reporters on Tuesday. “I've been so fortunate to win the five before that, it's kind of crazy to look at missing a couple opportunities or not being a factor, especially in the '11 season. Last year we were in the mix.”
Johnson won five straight championships from 2006-2010, putting together one of the great championship runs of all-time. His six titles put him in the company of legends like Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.
When asked if he was thinking about retirement due to dangers of racing, Johnson said that having a family does make him think, but that comes with his sport.
“There still is the risk,” he said. “I think it's smaller than it's ever been. My wife and I both take comfort in that. It's just part of racing.
Notes: Curtis Martin Jr., a crew member in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s Substance Abuse Policy.
On Nov. 12, Martin was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy) of the 2013 NASCAR Rule Book.