Busy week kicks off for Johnson

A chaotic but exciting week kicked off for Jimmie Johnson as he prepares to be crowned NASCAR Nextel Cup Series champion on Friday. Johnson's week will be awash in media appearances. Monday began with Johnson appearing on ESPN's "Cold Pizza", ...

A chaotic but exciting week kicked off for Jimmie Johnson as he prepares to be crowned NASCAR Nextel Cup Series champion on Friday.

Johnson's week will be awash in media appearances. Monday began with Johnson appearing on ESPN's "Cold Pizza", followed by a dirge of radio shows, a guest shot on "FOX News Live", and several media interviews.

On Tuesday, Johnson has more national interviews with media outlets. He will also be the focal point for a photo shoot atop Rockefeller Center's observation deck.

In what is perhaps the most fun moment during banquet week - if for nothing but to see the looks of puzzled New Yorkers - the third annual Victory Lap revs up Wednesday morning. It is a procession of the Top 10 drivers in their show cars through the streets on Manhattan. It begins at 44th Street and Broadway in front of ABC's "Good Morning America" studios in Times Square and finishes at 42nd Street and Broadway in front of The ESPN Zone.

Thursday the Champion and the top ten drivers will attend The National Motorsports Press Association Myers Brothers Luncheon at Cipriani. Nextel will host a party at The Marquee Nightclub Thursday night to toast Johnson with champagne and martinis.

"It's been a great journey for us," Johnson said. "We feel like we were in contention last year and the year before to win the championship but came up a little short. In racing there's only one winner, one champion. To be a champion is so difficult to do."

He will officially be crowned the Cup series champion Friday night at a lavish ceremony at New York's landmark Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson