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Jimmie Johnson is considered one of the greatest drivers to have ever raced in NASCAR. Even though he has now retired from the sport and moved on to IndyCar, he is still one of the biggest names in NASCAR.

He has often given credit for his glorious career to his parents. So, who are the people behind the seven-time title winner?

Jimmie Johnson’ family

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Born in El Cajon, California, Jimmie is the child of Catherine Ellen and Gary Ernest Johnson. He was raised by his parents alongside his two siblings, Jarit and Jesse, in a small house.

His family’s financial issues did not prevent Gary Johnson from gifting Jimmie his first bicycle at four years old. Despite their struggles, his parents hustled hard so Jimmie could begin his motorsports career. While Gary used to drive a truck for B.F. Goodrich at four in the morning, his mom Cathy drove a school bus for additional cash.

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“Jimmie wasn’t born with a silver spoon” – Gary Johnson

Johnson, like many of us, comes from a humble background and has worked hard to get where he is today. While it is difficult to imagine a person like him not being famous, he was once a regular person, just like all his fans.

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“When the cameras are on, he doesn’t always say what he’s really thinking, because that’s not the right time. But everyone should know that Jimmie wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth,” his father said.

To honor the contribution of his parents, Jimmie’s father was named as the grand marshal for his final race at the Texas Motor Speedway.

“I’m excited for my dad to be the grand marshal at Texas to give the command to start the engines,” Johnson said.

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“He’s been such a supporter of me in my career and I know how special and meaningful it will be for him to be there in my final start at Texas Motor Speedway.”

Jimmie Johnson’s parents have been a big part of his life and helped him to be the superstar he is today. Jimmie gives credit for his amazing career to his parents.