From Florida to California they go, in preparation for the Auto Club 500, in Fantana. One driver looking to rebound, is two-time defending Cup champion Jimmie Johnson.
2007 was a year to remember for Jimmie Johnson. 10 cup victories, 4 of them during the Chase, and a second consecutive title, which he won by 77 points over teammate and friend, Jeff Gordon.
Jimmie Johnson says, "To battle with a guy I looked up to before I ever started racing in NASCAR, a guy that gave me hope as an off-road racer coming from a background outside of NASCAR racing, Jeff Gordon made it, and Jeff Gordon got in there and as a kid, I'm like, man, I might have a chance. So now to be partnering up with this guy and driving for him and working with him like I do and beating him for the Championship meant the world to me."
Now Johnson has his sights set on a third straight title, something that's only been done once before, by Cale Yarborough in 1978.
Johnson adds, "It would be amazing. I think it, the stat alone, there's only one man in 60 years to do it, says a lot about how difficult it is. So we're up for the challenge, we're up for what the season has to offer, but we do recognize the last two years are the last two years and we're going to have to back out there and earn the Championship if we want it."
So will the Hendrick domination continue in '08? If the Daytona 500 is any indication, the competition just got a whole lot tougher.