Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson visited the White House on Wednesday where President Obama called Johnson "pretty much the Michael Jordan of NASCAR."
"Like Mike, Jimmie has won six championships in eight years," Obama, a well-known Chicago sports fan, said in reference to the Chicago Bulls legend as Johnson stood to the president's left.
To Obama's right on the stage were Rick Hendrick, owner of Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports team, and Chad Knaus, who's been crew chief for Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet for 13 years.
"While sometimes the two might sound like an old married couple sniping [at] each other over the radio, Jimmie knows that without Chad -- and Rick and the entire team at Hendrick Motorsports -- he'd be just another mortal making left turns," Obama said.
Obama also noted that Johnson, with a series-high three wins so far this season, is trying to join Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt as the only drivers to win seven Cup championships.