Jimmie Johnson

  • Aired:  12/05/11
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Jimmie Johnson explores the team dynamics involved in NASCAR racing and discusses the inspiration behind his Wii game. (5:07)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT HAS BEEN

CALLED THE MICHAEL JORDAN OF

NASCAR.

IN THAT HE'S THE CLOSEST

THING NASCAR HAS TO AN

AFRICAN-AMERICAN.

PLEASE WELCOME JIMMIE

JOHNSON.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

HEY, NICE TO MEET YOU, SIT

DOWN.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, FIRST OF ALL, I'M A

HUGE NASCAR FAN.

>> I WAS THINKING THAT.

>> Stephen: I ONLY HAVE --

DISH GOT ONE CRITICISM, ARE

YOU READY FOR THIS?

>> PLEASE.

>> Stephen: COULD YOU SLOW

DOWN?

BECAUSE HOW FAST YOU GUY

GOES.

>> DEPENDS ON THE TRACK BUT

210 WOULD BE THE TOP SPEED.

>> Stephen: YOU SEE AT THAT

SPEED, IT'S HARD FOR ME TO

SEE THE ADVERTISEMENTS ON

THE CAR.

>> RIGHT, RIGHT.

>> Stephen: IF PEOPLE WANT

TO UNDERSTAND THE BEAUTY OF

NASCAR, NOT EVERYBODY GETS

IT, WHAT IS THE THING THAT

YOU THINK THAT PEOPLE NEED

TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE

GAME.

BASEBALL THEY SAY IT'S ALL

IN THE PITCHING OR IT'S ALL

IN THE HITTING OR IT'S ALL

IN THE STEROIDS.

WHAT-- WHAT IS IT IN NASCAR

THAT PEOPLE HAVE TO LOOK FOR,

THE UNINITIATED.

>> IT REALLY IS A TEAM

SPORT.

I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE

FOCUS ON THE DRIVER, BECAUSE

THAT IS WHO YOU SEE ON THE

COURSE ON THE RACE ON A

SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

BUT THE DRIVER IS A PIECE OF

THE TEAM.

WE COME DPOINT ROW THERE ARE

SIX GUYS THAT GO OVER THE

WALL TO WORK ON THE CAR AND

AT THE SHOP THAT I DRIVE FOR,

WE HAVE AROUND 515 EMPLOYEES

THAT BUILD MY RACE CAR AND

THREE OTHER RACE CAR FORCE

MY TEAMMATES.

SO IT'S BIG BUSINESS.

IT'S A TEAM SPORT AND WE ARE

ATHLETES.

>> Stephen: AND I'VE BEEN IN

ONE OF THESE CARS.

I MEAN, AND THEY'RE NOT

LUXURY VEHICLES.

IT IS BARE BONES IN THERE,

RIGHT.

NOW YOU HAVE SORT OF BECOME

PART OF IT, YOU'RE TOTALLY

STRAPPED IN.

LIKE THAT CAR IS AN

EXTENSION OF YOU.

>> FROM A SAFETY STANDPOINT

WOE WANT TO CONTAIN THE

DRIVER AND NOT LET THE HEAD

OR NECK MOVE IN ANY

DIRECTION.

IT CAN GO FORWARD BUT OUR

HEAD IS ENCASED IN AND MAYBE

TWO INCHES OF A GAP ON THE

LEFT SIDE SO THAT YOU CAN

TURN YOUR HEAD.

THE REST OF YOUR BODY IS

ALMOST IN A COCOON JUST TO

PROTECT NEW A CRASH.

>> Stephen: HOW MANY OF

THOSE NASCARS ARE ACTUALLY

DECEPTICONS.

>> JUST A COUPLE.

>> Stephen: JUST A COUPLE OF

THEM.

IS THERE ANY DOPING IN YOUR

SPORT?

I WILL TAKE THAT AS A YOU

BET THERE IS.

>> I DON'T.

>> Stephen: YOU DON'T DOPE.

>> NO.

>> Stephen: YOU HAVE NEVER

TAKEN STEROIDS TO MAKE YOUR

PEDAL FOOT BIGGER IS THERE

STEROID TESTING.

>> THERE IS, YEAH.

WE DO HAVE A PRETTY STRICT

DRUG POLICY IN OUR SPORT.

>> Stephen: HOW DO YOU WORK

OUT.

BECAUSE WHAT DO YOU DO YOU

DEAL WITH.

WHAT IS THE MOST WHAT WE

THINK OF AS CLASSICALLY

ATHLETIC ASPECT TO NASCAR.

>> SURE.

I THINK FROM A PHYSICAL

STANDPOINT WORE'S IN THE CAR

FROM THE SHORTEST RACE IS

THREE AND A HALF HOURS IN

DISTANCE, UP TO FIVE AND A

HALF FOR THE LONGEST RACE.

>> Stephen: FIVE AND A HALF

HOURS IN THE CAR.

>> CORRECT.

>> Stephen: SO ARE YOU MORE

WORRY BODE CRASHING AT 125

MILES AN HOUR OR THAT YOU

DRANK TOO MUCH ICE TEA

BEFORE YOU GO.

>> SOME GUY DOES HAVE A

PROBLEM WITH THAT.

THEY HAVE A SMALL TANK AND

CAN'T QUITE MAKE THE

DISTANCE.

>> Stephen: THAT'S WHAT THE

SEAT COVERS ARE FOR.

>> CORRECT.

IF YOU EVER SEE A GUY

POURING WATER ON HI HIMSELF

IN THE VICTORY LANE, THERE

SI A REASON.

HE'S TRYING TO DILUTE

SOMETHING.

HE'S HAD A PROBLEM.

IT'S NOT CHAMPAGNE STRAYING

OUT.

>> NO.

>> Stephen: LISTEN, WE'RE

ALL ADULTS.

>> WE ARE.

>> Stephen: WELL, ARE YOU

SHARING BOTH THE JOY AND THE

STRESS OF IT WITH THE REST

OF THE WORLD W YOUR NEW GAME

JIMMIE JOHNSON.

ANYTHING WITH AN ENGINE.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: SO WHAT DOW MEAN

ANYTHING WANT ENGINE.

>> PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING.

>> Stephen: YOU CAN RACE

ANYTHING.

>> I HAVE THESE TWO

MOTORIZED BAR STOOLS THAT

ARE VERY POPULAR AT MY

HOUSE.

AND THEY WERE THE

INSPIRATION FOR THE GAME.

>> Stephen: MOTORIZED BAR

STOOLS.

>> CORRECT.

>> Stephen: THAT IS

ENCOURAGING DRUNK DRIVING.

ARE YOU-- NO EXAMPLE FOR OUR

CHILDREN, SIR.

>> I DIDN'T SAY YOU HAD TO

HAVE A DRINK IN YOUR HAND

BUT YOU CAN GET YOUR SPOT AT

THE BAR QUICKER.

>> Stephen: IS IT DIFFICULT

FOR TO YOU SIT IN A VEHICLE

RIGHT NOW, THAT CHAIR THAT

HAS WHEELS ON IT AND NOT

WANT TO RACE IT?

>> I LIKE TO RACE.

>> Stephen: YOU WANT TO

RACE.

>> YOU WANT TO RACE.

>> Stephen: LET'S GO.

COME ON.

RIGHT DOWN HERE.

NOW HERE'S THE RULES, TWICE

AROUND, THIS COFFEE CUP IS

THE FINISH LINE.

>> OKAY.

>> Stephen: YOU READY TO DO

IT.

>> LET'S DO IT.

>> Stephen: CALL IT.

>> GO

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: JIMMIE JOHNSON,

FIVE TIME