Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Kenneth Johnson (born September 17, 1975) is an American NASCAR
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 Sprint Cup Series race car driver. He currently drives the No. 48 Lowe's
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 for Hendrick Motorsports
Hendrick Motorsports
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Johnson was born in El Cajon, California
El Cajon, California
-History:El Cajon is located on the Rancho El Cajon Mexican land grant made in 1845 to María Antonia Estudillo, wife of Miguel Pedrorena. In 1876 Amaziah Lord Knox , a New Englander who had recently moved to California, established a hotel there to serve the growing number of people traveling...

, and began racing motorcycles at the age of five. After graduating from Granite Hills High School
Granite Hills High School (El Cajon, California)
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 he competed in off-road
Off-road racing
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 series. He raced in Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group
Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group
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 (MTEG), Short-course Off-road Drivers Association (SODA) and SCORE International
SCORE International
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, winning rookie of the year in each series.