What is the Cost Price of Rick Hendrick’s Yacht He Lent to Jimmie Johnson for His Honeymoon?

Published 01/14/2022, 8:55 AM EST


In a recent interview, Jimmie Johnson, one of the most decorated drivers in NASCAR’s history, credited his wife for his success. “Chani’s support and understanding of what makes me, me, and chasing my dream. None of this would’ve happened at the level that it has or continue to take place if it wasn’t for her support,” he said.

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The couple got married in 2004 in the Caribbean and have remained together ever since in their highs and lows. But one thing that is worth pointing out about the couple is the incredible way they started their new phase of life.

HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 20: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, poses in Victory Lane with his wife Chandra and daughters Genevieve Marie and Lydia Norriss after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 and the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2016 in Homestead, Florida. Johnson wins a record-tying 7th NASCAR title. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

According to Nicki Swift, Johnson’s team owner Rick Hendrick “lent the newlyweds his 150-foot yacht for their honeymoon.” The yacht in question is known as “Wheels” and its cost is something the likes of very few can afford.

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What was the cost of the yacht?

According to Business Insider, “‘Wheels,’ a yacht that is 164 feet long, travels up to 19 knots, and sleeps 12. The ship has six staterooms and comes with a rescue boat, dive gear, and three-seat waver runner.”

The yacht is fully made of aluminum and has seating for 12 people throughout it. Wheels can carry eight crew members and it is equipped with the finest of the luxuries and amenities inside out.

A version of the yacht that Rick Hendrick had was on sale for $32 million.

So one can imagine how much it would’ve cost Mr. H back in the day.

How did Jimmie Johnson meet his wife?

In a recent interview, Johnson recalled how it was thanks to Jeff Gordon that he met his wife. Johnson recalled how he became friends with a freshly divorced Gordon at the time when he was at the start of his career.

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“He was just newly divorced when I came onto the scene and going racing. And his means, and ability, and desire to see the world worked perfect with my single life schedule,” Johnson described.

“On that journey, I met my wife, and he helped introduce me to my wife,” he added.

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In the coming season, Jimmie Johnson will be racing full-time in IndyCar as looks to add more to his illustrious career. And as has been the case for nearly two decades, his wife will be right there, supporting him.

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a 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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