NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson won his fifth consecutive Sprint Cup title on Sunday, but the most memorable moment of the day may have come after the race when he gave a very personal testimony about his relationship with Jesus Christ.
"First of all, I want to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ," said Johnson, standing in victory lane and holding up a Bible. "I couldn't have done it without Him. I have appreciated His support since Day 1. He's a great partner."
Johnson then held up a bottle of Vitamin Water and gave a similar testimony about their impact on his successful season.
"And to the folks at Vitamin Water, you're the best," Johnson exclaimed. "You quench my thirst, you nurture my body and my soul."
The Jesus mention was a new one for Johnson, who inked a three-year sponsorship deal with the Son of God last week. Jeff Gordon, Johnson's NASCAR rival, recently signed deals with the non-profits AARP and Drive to End Hunger, evidence of the poor economy and the circuit's struggling financials. While Jesus Christ is also a non-profit, Johnson's deal is seen as a much more prestigious partnership.
"Drive to End Hunger wants to feed the hungry, while Jesus can actually do it," said Johnson's business manager, Jack Flannery.
Johnson ended up signing with Jesus Christ after also negotiating with Muhammad, Buddha and a small start-up religious figure in South Asia.
"At the end of the day, we felt most comfortable with Jesus," said Johnson. "He has a really long track record of helping athletes win stuff."