Local Named Most Influential Athlete

Forbes Magazine says NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson tops the newest list.

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FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 07: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 7, 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR) *** Local Caption *** Jimmie Johnson
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There's a new most influential athlete in the U.S., and he's a San Diegan.
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Forbes Magazine says NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson tops the newest list.
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The El Cajon native has won the Sprint Cup series for the last five years.
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That's something that's never been done in the sport.
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Jimmie Johnson (L), driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, poses with his wife Chandra after finishing in second place in the Ford 400 to clinch his fifth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21.
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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, climbs out of his car on the grid after qualifying
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Jimmie Johnson and his wife Shandra present a check to his alma mater Crest Elementary School on Nov. 30, 2009.
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Jimmie Johnson addresses the students at Crest Elementary School.
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Johnson becomes the first driver in the history of NASCAR to win four consecutive championships since the sports inception in 1949.
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Johnson celebrates after the Ford 400 Sunday.
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Johnson celebrates after the Ford 400 Sunday.
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The celebration after the Ford 400.
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The celebration after the Ford 400.
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Jimmie Johnson (L), driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, stands with his wife Chandra after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship.
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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, talks Brian Vickers, driver of the #83 Red Bull Toyota, after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship after finishing in fifth place in the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2009 in Homestead, Florida.
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Matthew McConaughey and Jimmie Johnson talk shake hands after their drive around Daytona International Speedway before the NASCAR Nextel Cup Daytona 500.
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Actor Vince Vaughn talks with Jimmie Johnson in Fort Worth, Texas.
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Nick Lachey and Jimmie Johnson pose during the Super Skins Annual Celebrity Golf Classic at TPC.
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Matthew McConaughey and Jimmie Johnson talk things over before their drive around Daytona International Speedway before the NASCAR Nextel Cup Daytona 500.
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Matthew McConaughey and NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson switch out drivers at the start finish line during their drive around Daytona International Speedway before the NASCAR Nextel Cup Daytona 500.
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Jimmie Johnson sits with singer Kelly Clarkson, before taking her for laps in a pace car during final practice for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Daytona 500.
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Actor Ryan Reynolds talks with Jimmie Johnson in Johnson's hauler prior to the running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 500.
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Jimmie Johnson with the 'hole-in-one' prize Corvette at the first annual Jimmie Johnson Foundation Charity Golf tournament raising money for Habitat for Humanity.
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Jimmie Johnson is congratulated by singer Trace Adkins after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500.
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Chef Mario Batali poses with Jimmie Johnson during practice for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Samsung/RadioShack 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway.
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Jimmie Johnson talks with Jeff Foxworthy during the pre race ceremonies, prior to the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.
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Jimmie Johnson, 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, and his wife Chandra Johnson attend the Sprint Champion's Celebration.
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Jimmie Johnson plays golf during the Super Skins Annual Celebrity Golf Classic at TPC.
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Jimmie Johnson leads the field to the green flag (which was waved by honorary starter, actor Ryan Reynolds) to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 500.
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Jimmie Johnson and his wife, Chandra walk on stage during the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Awards Ceremony.
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Nick Lachey (L) and Nascar Driver Jimmie Johnson play golf during the Super Skins Annual Celebrity Golf Classic.
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Jimmie Johnson poses with the Nextel Cup Trophy prior to the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Awards Ceremony.
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