Jimmie Johnson is a winner again.
The seven-time Cup Series champion closed 2019 by hoisting his first trophy of the year. But it didn’t come via a race on pavement or even dirt. He earned it on the snow.
Johnson and his oldest daughter, Evie, were part of the winning team in the Audi Ajax Cup, an amateur skiing competition that is the largest fundraiser for the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club. Johnson is a part-time resident of Aspen, Colorado.
The event sees 16 teams of six members each, including a randomly assigned professional, competing in a dual giant slalom format set of races.
Johnson and his nine-year-old daughter were part of a team – the “West Side Hillbillies” – that was paired with Alex Ferreira, an Olympian and an X-Games gold medalist.
It was Ferreira who crossed the finish line for the win.
“Resume builder,” Johnson joked to the Aspen Times. “It feels great winning and to have this experience with my daughter and with Adam Lewis, who is on our team and his two sons, to watch our kids work through the challenges of the day, dealing with nervousness, is so special.”
The Ajax Cup capped off an interesting year athletically for Johnson, who went winless in the Cup Series for the second straight season and will retire from full-time Cup competition after 2020.
In April, Johnson took part in his first Boston Marathon, completing the 26.2-mile route in 3 hours, 9 minutes and 7 seconds. He placed 4,155th overall.
— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) December 31, 2019