Seven-time NASCAR Series Cup champion Jimmie Johnson invites Graham to an IndyCar race in California and to his personal warehouse of memorabilia in Charlotte for an In Depth conversation. The elite race car driver candidly talks of “the grind” that led to his 2020 exit from NASCAR, his thoughts on how to help save the struggling sport and a Formula 1 test drive that fueled his pivot into IndyCar racing. Plus, racing legends Mario Andretti and Dario Franchitti drop by to talk shop and we visit Johnson’s wife Chandra at her modern art gallery.
Jimmie Johnson: The Tom Brady of racing?
Jimmie Johnson lets us under the hood and explains some of the mental components behind his storied career, including his race day persona, the massive energy drain of over-thinking before a race and the immeasurable value of his wife’s ongoing support.
Jimmie Johnson: Tour my warehouse of cars, guitars, bars
Jimmie Johnson offers a tour of his warehouse, which is complete with the first car and dirt bike he ever raced, guitars he’s traded away from musicians and a bar setup originally built in 1890 that he moved from Philadelphia to Charlotte.
I thought it was over: Jimmie Johnson’s brake failure at 150 mph
Racing superstar Jimmie Johnson details two of his scariest crashes, including when his brakes failed at Watkins Glen in 2000 and when he fell asleep at the wheel during the Baja 1000 in 1995.
Jimmie Johnson: Longtime crew chief questioned my commitment
Johnson opens up about his relationship with his former crew chief, Chad Knaus. Johnson explains the double-edged sword of their brutally honest communication, which he attributes to improving their performance on the track and helping the team win seven NASCAR Cup Series championships over the course of 17 seasons together.
Jeff Gordon or Mario Andretti? Rapid fire with Jimmie Johnson
Johnson offers quick takes when forced to choose between two options, including his preference between NASCAR movies “Talladega Nights” or “Days of Thunder” and racing legends Jeff Gordon or Mario Andretti.
Jimmie Johnson: Cycling Leadville 100 with Lance Armstrong?
Johnson explains how he’s altered his training regimen to account for the career move from NASCAR to IndyCar, which he says requires more upper body strength and workouts that call for shorter bursts of energy.
Jimmie Johnson: Wasn’t sure where some in NASCAR stood on racism
Johnson reflects on a 2020 incident at Talladega Superspeedway in which an alleged noose was found in Bubba Wallace’s garage and the FBI was called in to investigate.
Jimmie Johnson: My goal was F1, not IndyCar
Johnson lets us in on his first experience behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car, and how that experience led him to exploring paths to race in the F1 circuit.