While Jimmie Johnson has already won the ESPY for best driver -- several times -- he is vying to become the first auto racer to win in the category for best male athlete.
Here's the official release from ESPN:
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson has earned two nominations in The 2011 ESPYs co-presented by Capital One and Castrol EDGE, hosted by Seth Meyers. All nominations have been revealed and voting has begun, and the complete list of The 2011 ESPYs nominees is available for voters at espn.com/espys.
Johnson, who won his fifth consecutive NASCAR championship in 2010, has again been nominated in the “Best Male Athlete” category and in the “Best Driver” category. He could become the first auto racer to win “Best Male Athlete” – also nominated are tennis star Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzski of the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks and Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Joining Johnson in the “Best Driver” category are 15-time NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Funny Car champion John Force, NHRA Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson and three-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti.
Voting will run through 11:59 p.m. ET on July 9 for most categories. The winners will be announced during The 2011 ESPYs, televised live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 13, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. Fans will determine the winners by voting online at ESPN.com/espys, facebook.com/ESPN as well as on ESPN Mobile Web at http://espn.mobi June 24 through July 9.