Jimmie Johnson's run at the 2012 Sprint Cup title got off to a rough start.
In the season-opening Daytona 500, Johnson suffered a Lap 2 accident, which resulted in a 42nd-place finish. To make matters worse, he was penalized 25 points after his car failed initial inspection for the 500, and he will lose crew chief Chad Knaus for six races after the team's appeals process is over.
However, things seem to be looking up for Johnson. The five-time Sprint Cup champ finished fourth in last week's race at Phoenix with a car that was competitive enough to run for the win.
But despite the great run, Johnson still finds himself mired in 37th in the standings. With 24 races remaining until the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins, Johnson has an uphill climb in front of him in order to get back into title contention.
There are five ways that Five-Time can tackle that mountain. Here they are.