Jimmie Johnson earns Bill France Award of Excellence
Just one week after the close of his final season as a full-time NASCAR driver, Marathon coach owner Jimmie Johnson received the Bill France Award of Excellence. This award – not necessarily bestowed annually – is considered one of NASCAR’s most important, as it honors only those who have made a lasting impact on the sport.
During Johnson’s 19-season tenure in the NASCAR Cup Series, he compiled seven championships (five consecutively from 2006-2010), leveling him with Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for the all-time record. His 83 total victories tie him for sixth place all-time with Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough.
Off the track, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation helps children, families and communities in need and currently supports the Champions Grant Program, the Team Up For Technology program and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. To date, the Johnson family has contributed more than $12 million to various charitable organizations. Johnson accepted the Bill France Award from Vice President of Racing Development Ben Kennedy during the 2020 NASCAR Awards, a virtual presentation on NBCSN on Wednesday evening. Congratulations, Jimmie!