At the end of the 2020 season, Jimmie Johnson walked away from the sport. Without a doubt, the grid will definitely miss a driver of his caliber. Recently, the NASCAR Hall of Fame unveiled a special exhibit in honor of seven-time Cup Series champion.
The exhibit is called “One Final Time,” and it features several mementos from Johnson’s final full-time season. These include firesuits and trophies from his two-decade-long career. The crowning glory is his chrome #48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE that he raced at Phoenix.
Fortunately, for NASCAR fans, the victory lane exhibit is open to the public. In essence, it documents Johnson’s long and illustrious career in the sport.
What makes Jimmie Johnson so great in the NASCAR arena?
Looking at his career from a statistical perspective, Jimmie Johnson is tied with Richard Petty and the late great Dale Earnhardt on seven championships.
In addition to that, he is the only driver to win five titles in a row. Aside from that, the 45-year-old has notched up 83 Cup Series wins, 232 top-five finishes, and 374 top-10s. Those kinds of statistics are hard to argue against, and that’s probably why many consider him to be one of the greatest NASCAR drivers.
Now that he is no longer tied to the stock car scene, he is free to compete in other fields of racing. Right on his radar is the IndyCar Series, where he has joined Chip Ganassi Racing. It is also worth mentioning that Johnson is eligible for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2024.
Obviously, this is a huge honor for any driver. The latest driver to find himself in the Hall of Fame is Dale Earnhardt Jr. Safe to say, Dale Jr truly deserved it, and it won’t be long before Johnson joins him.