Jimmie Johnson Recalls How His ‘Search for Chocolates’ Led to Hilarious First Meeting with Scott Dixon

Published 04/03/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
BRISTOL, TN – APRIL 06: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 6, 2019 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


Jimmie Johnson and Scott Dixon may be teammates for a full racing season for the first time this year, but they already have some memories. Johnson, the newest IndyCar driver for Chip Ganassi Racing, looked back at the first time he met Dixon, who is one of the greatest names of all-time in IndyCar.

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Both drivers are motorsports legends in their own right. While Johnson was a NASCAR driver all his career, he participated in various racing disciplines over the years, including numerous appearances in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.

During one of those races, he met Dixon for the first time. However, their first encounter was not straightforward at all and there is a hilarious story behind that.

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Johnson narrated the story during a recent chat with Dixon himself.  “I don’t know if you remember it. We knew who each other were in passing,” Johnson said.

BROOKLYN, MI – JUNE 11: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, gestures while on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Jimmie Johnson recalls funny first meeting with IndyCar legend Scott Dixon

Back then, fellow motorsports icons Dario and Marino Franchitti invited Johnson to try some chocolates they brought back from the UK.

“At the Rolex 24, all the teams have their motorhomes parked by one another. I was on the search for this chocolate that Dario and Marino Franchitti bring back from the UK. They were like swing by the bus and come grab some Dairy Milks,” Johnson reminisced.

While Johnson made his way to the team bus carrying the Franchitti’s, he had no idea that he picked the wrong bus. He then met a surprised Dixon.

“So I thought I knew the right bus, and I just grabbed the door handle and walked in. Scott’s sitting there on the couch like, ‘Hi, can I help you?’ I was like, ‘Sorry, wrong bus’,” Johnson said.

Dixon vividly remembers the incident

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Dixon remembered the incident and made a joke of his own as the two drivers laughed over it. “Luckily I was just watching TV…so it was all good,” Dixon said.

Soon after Johnson announced his IndyCar debut for Chip Ganassi Racing, the seven-time NASCAR champ attended a few races to get a feel of it all. He watched Dixon’s pit stops closely from the pit box as well during a couple of races.

While Dixon is one of the biggest names in the sport, it will be interesting to see Johnson’s transition this season.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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