Jimmie Johnson won his sixth Sprint Cup championship — his sixth — and afterward had a few words for Donovan McNabb and Michael Jordan.
He addressed a comment by McNabb, the former NFL quarterback who had stirred up a storm by saying that race-car drivers aren’t athletes.
“Yes, I am an athlete, and so is every other driver in one of these race cars,” Johnson said (via USA Today). “Even Tony Stewart.”
Johnson had maintained silence on the matter after McNabb, now a Fox Sports analyst, said, “Do I think he’s an athlete? Absolutely not.”
And he had a message s for MJ, who’d teased him about being one ring behind when it comes to championships.
“I can’t wait to send him a text,” Johnson said, “and say, ‘Hey, buddy, I’ve caught up.'”