Mar 1, 2013; Avondale, AZ, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) during qualifying for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmie Johnson is More Than Just A Driver

He may be a 5-time Sprint Cup Series Champion and a 2-time Daytona 500 winner, but Jimmie Johnson is much more than a racecar driver, he is an all-around athlete. Many people don’t consider divers athletes. The phrase “it doesn’t take much effort to turn left” seems to be brought up a lot. What they don’t know is that it takes much more than a little arm movement to compete in NASCAR.

Jimmie Johnson is one of NASCARs most successful drivers and more recently, one of its fittest. Before qualifying for the Daytona 500, the most important race of the season, Johnson, along with many other drivers, crew members and media staff, ran the Daytona Beach half-marathon. Many called them crazy, but for Johnson, this was nothing new.

After taking up running just a few years ago, Johnson is also known for his cycling efforts. There have been weekends where he has biked more than 60 miles before jumping into his No. 48 Lowes/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet and racing hundreds of miles. The morning after the Sprint Cup Series Awards in November, Johnson competed in a triathlon in Palm Springs, California.

Johnson has been sticking to a routine saying “I’ve always ran but just kind of slow and run long distances. I’ve worked hard to get some pace.” Chasing after his 2 year old daughter Genevieve also helps keep him in shape.

After winning the Daytona 500 for the second time just a few weeks ago, Johnson has been on a nationwide media tour. He spent some time in his home state of California this week and took advantage of his free time both on the ski slopes and riding the waves. If that doesn’t spell out athlete, I don’t know what does.

Jimmie Johnson is one of the favorites to win this weekend at Las Vegas. With 4 wins and an average finish above 10, this is definitely one of Johnson’s best tracks. He finished second here last year. So prepare to see this all-around athlete take to Vegas this weekend like a gambler takes to the Vegas Strip.

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