Jimmie Johnson is a man with a plan

FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 12: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Dover White Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 12, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 12:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Dover White Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 12, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
FORT WORTH, TX – APRIL 12: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Dover White Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 12, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

FORT WORTH, Tex.–With a second child on the way–and with wife Chandra due around the time the Chase for the Sprint Cup starts in September–Jimmie Johnson knows he’ll have to arrange for a relief driver in case the blessed event occurs on a race weekend.

When Johnson’s daughter Genevieve was born in 2010, Aric Almirola stood ready as a relief driver, but Almirola’s services weren’t needed. After Genevieve was born in July, Johnson went on to win the fifth of his five straight championships that year.

Now with a full-time Cup ride at Richard Petty Motorsports, Almirola won’t be available this year, and Johnson knows he’ll have to make other arrangements.

“We’re not sure who will be available come that time,” Johnson said Friday at Texas. “I was joking with Aric Almirola last weekend that, if he wanted to be my back-up driver again, he clearly has a full-time gig and can’t do it.

“We’ll just have to see, but we will definitely have a plan–like always we will be buttoned up. Our doctor has told me that a father has never missed a birth. That gives me a lot of confidence that I’ll be able to do my weekend job and then be around during the week to meet number two.”

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.