Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR Nextel Cup Car Jimmy Johnson
From the time El Cajon, California-born Jimmie Johnson first hit the top NASCAR circuit with Hendrick Racing in 2001 under the expert tutelage of teammate Jeff Gordon, he was already a proven champion in several forms of motorsport. During his first full season in 2002, Johnson scored the pole at the Daytona 500 and never looked back, achieving three victories and placing in the Top 10 no less than 21 times, scoring more points in a single season than any other freshman driver ever had before. Johnson followed this brilliant success by ranking second in NASCAR Sprint Cup points rankings during both 2003 and 2004, going on to win the overall Sprint Cup Championship for three consecutive years in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
In 2006, Johnson began the season in style by winning the prestigious Daytona 500, followed by a second-place finish in California and a thrilling win by one-half of a car length in Las Vegas, achieved by passing Matt Kenseth on Turn 4 of the final lap. At the legendary Talladega Superspeedway, Johnson won the Aaron’s 499 with another final-lap pass, overtaking Hendrick Motorsports teammate Brian Vickers. The successful 2006 season culminated with Johnson achieving the series championship, racking up over $15 million in earnings in the process and being awarded Driver of the Year honors, with 24 Top-10 finishes.
This purpose-built Chevrolet Monte Carlo has to be the ultimate memento from Jimmie Johnson’s fantastic 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup season. Prepared by the Hendrick Motorsports team, this actual road-course machine was Johnson’s back-up car at Watkins Glen in August 2006. It was purchased directly from Hendrick Motorsports after the race. Today, it remains in remarkably good and very attractive overall condition, retaining its famous blue finish and Lowes sponsorship livery, along with its sponsorship decals, instruments, interior and electrical systems. The engine and drivetrain, as well as the radio and communications equipment have been removed from the car and consequently, it will make a perfect museum vehicle for the confirmed NASCAR fan, or it could, with relatively little effort, take to the track once more.
Hendrick Motorsports NASCAR Nextel Cup chassis, race-prepared suspension and brakes.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in September 2009 at the Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, California.
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel