“That Throwback’s for You, 7-Time” – Top Twitter Reactions as Jimmie Johnson Turns 45

Published 09/18/2020, 5:30 AM EDT
Sep 12, 2020; Richmond, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) races during the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports | Credit: Reuters


NASCAR’s 7-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson celebrated his 45th birthday on Thursday. It is also his last birthday as a full-time NASCAR driver. Next season, Johnson will drive for Chip Ganassi Racing in the IndyCar Series. It is a childhood dream for Johnson.

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On the occasion of his birthday, social media platforms, especially Twitter, saw many wishes and messages for the great driver. Those included tweets from fellow drivers, past competitors, tracks at which he excelled, and many more.

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One of the more interesting tweets was from Stewart-Haas Racing. The team reminisced about an incident from the 2010 NASCAR Cup Series. That race was interesting as Tony Stewart drove from 4th place to lead in the final 10 laps.

However, he still couldn’t hold off Jimmie Johnson, who eventually won the race.

Another one was from former NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace. He opined that Johnson’s career went by in ‘warp speed’.

The birthday boy himself tweeted a picture of his birthday cake and thanked his well-wishers for their messages.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver made the No. 48 car an iconic one over the years. Here are some of the other best tweets on the occasion of the NASCAR legend’s special day.

New challenge for Jimmie Johnson

Johnson will race in the IndyCar Series next season. He signed a deal with Chip Ganassi Racing and will drive 12-13 races there in 2021.

“To pair Jimmie with the likes of Scott Dixon is quite an opportunity. They are truly in rarified air and I think everyone knows by now that I like winners.

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“The goal right now is for us to run Jimmie in an Indy car for at least the next couple of seasons, and we want to show people we’re serious about the program,” Ganassi said.

Sep 12, 2020; Richmond, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) races during the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Chip Ganassi Racing fields cars in NASCAR as well. Fans hope to see Johnson in select NASCAR races next season. Meanwhile, Johnson looks to add to his 83 race wins in NASCAR. The NASCAR Cup Series season continues with eight more races to go.

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The next race is set to go down this weekend at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Last weekend, the Richmond Raceway honored Johnson as they named a pedestrian tunnel after him.

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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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