Thursday, November 27, 2008

Learning how to sound calm

Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR's top driver for three consecutive years, "took a Dale Carnegie course early in his racing career. He doesn't say anything within a zip code of controversy. Among NASCAR beat writers he is considered boring and vanilla and robotic."

According to Johnson:

"When I started racing, I didn't have much going for me, other than that I could say all the right things—almost to a fault. I can be freaking out inside, but then I open my mouth and I sound calm. I don't know where this device comes from. It helps me in racing because you never want to lose your cool. At the end of the day, and this is the truth, I'm still just a jackass from El Cajon."