SI: Who's the one driver in NASCAR history you wish you could
have raced against?
Johnson: Dale Earnhardt. If you wanted to race in Winston Cup,
you wanted to race against the Man. When I daydreamed about
winning my first race, it was with Earnhardt beating my bumper
cover off as we came to the finish line.
SI: Fellow driver Jeff Gordon co-owns your team. Would you bump
your boss to win a race?
Johnson: I'd bump him, but I wouldn't wreck him. We've had some
pretty intense races for position, but we've done it without
crossing any lines.
SI: Who would do better: You as the coach of the Dallas Cowboys
or former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson taking a spin in your
number 48 Chevy?
Johnson: Being that I don't know a damn thing about football, I'd
have to say the other Jimmy Johnson.
SI: What's the craziest thing someone has asked you to autograph?
Johnson: Usually females are offering up body parts.
SI: Ever agree to sign one?
Johnson: I can't be doing any of that, especially with a
SI: What athlete would you trade places with for one day?
Johnson: [F/1 driver] Michael Schumacher. I'd love to go out and
cut some laps in his car.
SI: Why do NASCAR drivers always wear shades? Is it merely to
Johnson: Looking cool is partly involved; so is blocking out the
sun. But the other thing is, you can hide behind them and not
have to make eye contact with anyone.
SI: Your mom drove a school bus, your dad drove a truck, your
brother Jarit raced trucks and now another brother, Jessie,
drives for a Bandolero team that you own. Who's the best driver
in the Johnson clan?
Johnson: For general street driving, I'd have to say my mom. She
was responsible for lives on the school bus. Me? I only know how
to turn left. --R.D.
For more from Jimmie Johnson, go to si.com/scorecard
COLOR PHOTO: NIGEL KINRADE "I don't know football."