Inside Jimmie Johnson’s Lavish Private Jet: Features, Price, Value & Images

Published 11/30/2021, 6:57 AM EST
BRISTOL, TN – APRIL 06: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, prepares to drive 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 Donald Page/Getty Images)


Jimmie Johnson is not only one of the most successful NASCAR drivers in history, but he’s also the third richest driver today. Johnson has won a record-equalling seven Cup Series titles with 83 race wins. And he’s not done yet as a race car driver. He currently drives for CGR in the IndyCar series.

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All of this success has naturally rewarded him financially too. The former Hendrick driver has a net worth of around $160 million. And when you’re that rich and that busy, commercial flights simply don’t cut it. So what do you do if you have that kind of bank balance and a job that requires frequent traveling?

Simple, you get a private jet. That’s what Jimmie Johnson did.

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Johnson owns one of the fastest private jets in existence – a Gulfstream G150. This plane can fly at speeds of over 600 miles per hour. Johnson’s plane is equipped with Honeywell TFE 731-40AR-200G Turbofan engines that produce a thrust of over 4,000 lbs.

The plane has a spacious, oval-shaped cabin with all the luxuries and amenities. It has a range of over 2,500 miles, which should come in handy for someone like Jimmie Johnson, who has to travel for business a lot.

A Gulfstream G150 reportedly costs around $16 million new (Jimmie’s net worth is in the range of $160 million).

Johnson’s plane suffered a minor crash in 2011 as a brake failure resulted in the plane running off tarmac upon touchdown. Luckily, no one was hurt.

Who are the other NASCAR drivers other than Jimmie Johnson to own a private jet/plane?

As it turns out, the current richest NASCAR driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr, also prefers private air travel over commercial. He owns a Learjet 60.

Earnhardt’s plane can reach a speed of an astonishing 522 miles per hour and a range of over 2,000 miles. However, the Learjet isn’t the only private plane in the Earnhardt household, as his mother also owns a Learjet 31.

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Jeff Gordon, the second richest NASCAR driver today, also owns a Hawker 800. And unlike his net worth, and like his NASCAR records, his private plane is ahead of Earnhardt’s in speed, with a reported speed of 524 miles per hour.

The other NASCAR drivers who own a private plane are Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Richard Petty and Carl Edwards, who is also a licensed pilot himself.

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It comes as no surprise that NASCAR drivers not only prefer fast cars but also fast planes. With a job that requires them to travel across the country multiple times a year, a private jet makes sense.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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