NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson Explains How the Likes of Tom Brady, Scott Dixon, and Himself Defied the ‘Age Factor’

Published 03/05/2021, 8:30 AM EST
FONTANA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, speaks ahead of practice at Auto Club Speedway on February 28, 2020 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)


Jimmie Johnson continually entertained NASCAR fans in a career that spanned nearly 2 decades. But as he turns 46 later this year, naturally there are question marks over whether Johnson can capably perform as he did in his prime.

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The 7-time Cup champion, however, rightly believes that possessing the desire and determination to succeed trumps any concerns of age. Speaking in an interview, he referenced Scott Dixon, Tom Brady, and himself as examples to make his case.

Johnson elaborated on the subject and stated, “We’re seeing athletes in all sports extend their careers staying healthy and disciplined.”

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People can still have the required desire in their 40s, said Jimmie Johnson

“Right now, I don’t know how competitive I’ll be, but we’re all learning from watching Tom Brady in NFL, Scott Dixon in IndyCar, myself in NASCAR, that desire and determination are the foundation of success.”

Brady recently won his 7th NFL Super Bowl title at 43, while Dixon triumphed as the 2020 IndyCar Series champion at 40. In that regard, the supreme athletes do push through hurdles to make sure they emerge victorious in their respective sports.

CHARLOTTE, NC – OCTOBER 09: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

“And people can still have the required desire and determination in their 40s and onward, in any walk of life. They’re the defining factors, not age itself, and that’s a secret that 40-somethings are currently unlocking across a range of sports,” concluded Johnson.

Johnson prepares to have yet another eventful racing season in 2021

Despite having retired from NASCAR, the former Hendrick Motorsports driver has a few challenges to face this year. Johnson recently signed up to drive in three more IMSA races, including the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring race.

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Following that event on March 20th, Johnson will move to make his IndyCar debut at Barber Motorsports Park. The 45-year-old will drive in 13 of the 17 scheduled races this season, having penned a 2-year deal with Chip Ganassi Racing.

Therefore, it seems like there is a lot more to come from the legend that is Johnson. His most loyal supporters will hope that achievements continue to follow him in his racing commitments ahead as well.

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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