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Jimmie Johnson announces NASCAR career book

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Seven-time Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson gives fans a glimpse into his Hall of Fame career. He will release a photo book highlighting his life and NASCAR career.

Johnson announced the news on June 14 with a short teaser video on Twitter. He and his wife Chandra went to the Soco Gallery in Charlotte, NC, where they sat down with the famous Ivan Shaw. Johnson didn’t get an up-close look at the photos that will be included in the 272-page book, but did offer some glimpses of him making burnouts with wins.

According to a press release from Hendrick Motorsports, the photo book will feature a foreword by NBA legend Michael Jordan. The hardcover contains 175 photographs from Johnson’s life. Hendrick Motorsports noted that this “includes behind-the-scenes moments at the track, race snaps, photos taken by the 83-time Cup Series winner himself and photos of his youth days from family albums.”

The hardcover book, which will be available September 27, 2022, will retail for $48. Pre-orders are currently possible at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BAM and Bookshop.org.

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There will be no shortage of big moments for Johnson to highlight in this retrospective. Which will he choose? Will there be pictures of every Cup Series win as well as all of his championship and exhibition wins?

Johnson has achieved amazing things during his time in NASCAR. He made a total of 686 starts in the series – 22nd on the all-time start list. He also won 83 Cup Series races, which put him sixth all-time with Cale Yarborough. That mark will likely last for several years considering Kyle Busch is the next rider with 60 career wins.

A very important moment that could possibly be included in the photo book took place during the 2002 season. Johnson won his first career race at what is now Auto Club Speedway. He led 62 of the 250 laps and held off Kurt Busch to reach victory lane for the first time. This victory started a long winning streak and was the first of a total of six victories at the Auto Club Speedway.

As someone who hit 83 victory lanes in the Cup Series, Johnson flaunted numerous plans. This includes some standard looks, like the blue and white Lowe scheme. There are also some other unique looks including a car highlighting Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.

An example is the Lowe’s Red Vest car that brought Johnson to Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway in 2014. This scheme featured a bright red base with white numbers and text on the sides. There were also white racing stripes going up the center of the stock car.

One of the most interesting schemes featured both Lowe’s and Superman logos. This plan, which brought Johnson to Victory Lane at Auto Club Speedway, celebrated the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove the Nationwide/Batman Chevrolet during the same race as part of the unique promotion.

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