Four-Time Champ Jimmie Johnson Is in a New York State of Mind

Mary Jo BuchananSenior Writer INovember 24, 2009

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - NOVEMBER 23:  Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra and four-time Nascar champion Jimmie Johnson chat in the theater at the Yogi Berra Museum and and Learning Center on November 23, 2009 in Little Falls, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Although NASCAR's championship banquet is no longer in New York City, the four-time champion of the Sprint Cup Series finds himself smack dab in the middle of the city that never sleeps this week. 

Johnson is making the rounds, participating in talk shows and other media experiences to talk about his place in history with four consecutive championships in NASCAR.

Johnson started off his post-championship visit to the tri-state region with a visit to the ESPN studios in Bristol, CT.  Looking slightly weary from his celebration the night before, Johnson also was a guest on the Mike and Mike in the Morning radio show on ESPN2 and ESPN Radio.

Johnson then found his way to Jersey, visiting with one of the City's biggest sports icons, Yogi Berra.  A 10-time Yankee champion, Berra showed Johnson around his museum in Little Falls, NJ.

On his visit, Johnson presented the Yankee legend with a diecast of the No. 48 Lowes Chevrolet.  In exchange, Berra shared story after story in his own inimitable style with the new NASCAR champion.

Johnson will be participating in many of the news shows in the City this morning.  But the highlight of his visit will most certainly be flipping the switch to light the Empire State Building to show the colors blue, white and yellow in celebration of "Jimmie Johnson Day" in New York City.

Johnson will be introduced by baseball great Johnny Damon.  Damon is a two-time Major League Baseball World Series champion.

In addition to his visit to the "Big Apple", Johnson is also reveling in his place in history.  He now joins the company of others with multiple champions in sports, including Yogi Berra, Tiger Woods, Bill Russell, Carl Lewis, and Lance Armstrong.

The next stop for Johnson and his No. 48 Lowes race team will be in Las Vegas for the Championship banquet.  Events will begin on Dec. 2 and lead up to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Award Ceremony on Dec. 4, where Johnson will be officially crowned champion.