Today, Jimmie Johnson won his fourth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. As an aficionado of this NASCAR, I can tell you this is an incredible achievement and warrants entering Jimmie Johnson in the Business Execution Hall of Fame.
While Jimmie’s name goes on the championship trophy, it is critical to recognize that NASCAR is a team sport. So, this Business Execution Hall of Fame recognition has to be shared with Hendrick Motor Sports, Jimmie’s brilliant crew chief, Chad Knaus, and approximately 600 other folks involved in driving such superb execution.
NASCAR racing is big business–a business of incredible detail where fractions of second can make the difference between winning and losing. Few drivers out of the 43 that start a race each week are able to win over the course of a racing year . To come out as the best driver for four consecutive years is, well, absolutely incredible.
The other 43 teams aren’t slouches in this sport. One of the biggest stars in the sport, Mark Martin (also with Hendrick Motor Sports), has been racing 27 years and has yet to win a single championship. He came in second in the Sprint Cup Championship this year.
My hat is off to Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motor Sports and this team for this achievement in business execution. Congratulations!
Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting