New suit, old hat for Johnson

With so much to see and do in the Big Apple, Jimmie Johnson had to come back to do it all again. Once is never enough when you visit New York, and winning a second consecutive championship is the perfect reason to come back for Johnson. "This is one of the highlights," said Johnson while standing on the street corner. "To get to do it again is fantastic."

Jimmie Johnson the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Champion tours the the New York Stock Exchange.
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With the experience of having his first championship last year, Johnson is looking to enjoy this time around in New York a little more. "Coming down the steps (of the Waldorf-Astoria) started bringing back memories of last year," said Johnson. "The thing I really want to do this year is savor every moment, because before I knew it last year, it was all gone and we were on our way back to North Carolina and the banquet was over. And, I wanted to enjoy those moments a little bit longer."

Johnson certainly won't have time to rest as he will continue his intense media schedule today by appearing on the CW Morning Show, FOX Business Network, and the Rachel Ray Show. Johnson also has photo opportunities scheduled in the afternoon at 48th and 2nd Streets, the historic Flatiron Building, and Radio City Music Hall. To finish the day, Johnson has a satellite media tour and an interview with MRN's NASCAR LIVE. "There is so much going on this week," said Johnson, who added the second time around is a little less hectic. "Last year, I spent a lot of time worrying about the smallest details. This year, everything is in place and I'm enjoying the moment."

Johnson's schedule will begin to calm down Wednesday when he will be joined by the top 10 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers.

NASCAR also has many events (per NASCAR schedule) planned for CHAMPIONS WEEK for the fans to engage in.

The Pit Stop Tour sponsored by AFLAC is a week long series (Nov. 26 - 30) of more than a dozen authentic NASCAR stock cars scattered at signature locations throughout Manhattan. Click Here to download the map displaying the details of the AFLAC Pit Stop Tour.

The NASCAR Street Tour features interactive Ford vehicles that are scheduled to appear all week (Nov. 24 - 30) in the city and throughout the surrounding boroughs. It is a chance for fans to get up close and personal with the sights, sounds, and excitement of NASCAR while enjoying video games and free giveaways! Click Here to download schedule for the NASCAR Street Tour.

Here are the highlights from Johnson's daily schedule the remainder of this week:

Wednesday - Johnson will be joined by the top 10 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers on ABC's Good Morning America (8 am. ET). In what has become a staple of NASCAR's Champions Week, Johnson will lead the top 10 drivers in a 1.5-mile, stock car Victory Lap through the streets of New York - starting on 44th Street and Broadway in front of Good Morning America's Times Square Studio and finishing up on 43rd Street and 7th Avenue in front of The Hard Rock Caf?. The morning's activities conclude at the Hard Rock Caf? with driver media availability from 9:15 am. - 11:30 am.

Thursday - The NASCAR/National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Myers Brothers Luncheon at Cipriani on 42nd Street will honor the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Chase drivers, champions from all of NASCAR's racing series and all NASCAR NEXTEL Cup drivers who won seasonal awards. Afterward, all 2007 series champions will gather for the traditional champions' photo shoot at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Later that evening, Johnson will also be part of a private dinner for all of NASCAR's champions at the Waldorf-Astoria.

Friday - Johnson and his race team will pose for formal photos on New York's Park Avenue before attending several pre-awards ceremony receptions. That evening, Johnson officially will be crowned the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion; the awards ceremony begins at 7 p.m. in the Waldorf- Astoria's historic Grand Ballroom. ESPN Classic will air the ceremony beginning at 9 p.m.

Spade To Be Featured Performer - Comedian/actor David Spade will be the featured performer for Friday night's awards ceremony, which will air on ESPN Classic at 9 p.m. ET. Spade, a longtime fan of NASCAR, served as Grand Marshal for the March 19, 2006, race at Atlanta. He is currently starring in the CBS comedy Rules of Engagement, and was nominated for an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award and an American Comedy Award in 1999 for his role on the series Just Shoot Me.