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Daytona 500 champ Jimmie Johnson on being Bob Dylan, ESPN’s Greatest Athlete and his ‘Harlem Shake’

In late January, NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson walked the streets of New York for an ESPN The MagazineMusic Issue” photo shoot paying tribute to iconic album covers.

Sunday afternoon in Florida, the five-time Sprint Cup champion scored his second career Daytona 500 victory.

Less than 24 hours later in Connecticut, he navigated the familiar hallways of ESPN’s Bristol headquarters for a “Car Wash” (appearances across ESPN) befitting the latest driver to tame Daytona International Speedway.

In the video above, Johnson talks about reaction to his Mag homage to Bob Dylan and his thoughts on some of the other athlete album cover recreations.

Johnson also weighs in on ESPN Sport Science’s Greatest Athlete Of All Time tournament and explains the inspiration for his Hendrick Motorsports team’s Harlem Shake video.

Video produced by Ariel Bond

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