Jimmie Johnson to Join National Motorsports Hall of Fame

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)

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson has been selected to the National Motorsports Hall of Fame of America’s 2024 induction class, the hall announced Friday.

The 47-year old, 84-race winner and current owner of the NASCAR Cup Series’ Legacy Motor Club team will be NASCAR’s representative in the induction ceremonies next March joining esteemed fellow nominees such as his former Chip Ganassi Racing IndyCar series teammate Scott Dixon along with Jim Downing and Dr. Robert Hubbard, creators of the HANS device.

“It’s an incredible honor to be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America,” Johnson said. “I’ve been fortunate throughout my racing career to be honored in many ways and to be recognized in this capacity is really humbling.

“I took part in the induction ceremonies of Tony Stewart in 2019 and my childhood mentor Ricky Johnson in 2012, so to be added to this elite group of individuals – by the equally impressive voting panel – is really special. I’m so thankful.’’

His friend and fellow Hall inductee Tony Stewart was especially proud to see Johnson get the nod.

“I think the world of him anyway,’’ Stewart said, “I always tell him when I grow up I want to be him and there’s an element of truth to that. There’s no one that’s done all he’s done with the amount of class and charisma that Jimmie has.

“No one has left a mark like Jimmie Johnson in this era. There’s no one more deserving than Jimmie.’’