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Jimmie Johnson is Driver of the Year

Updated: December 15, 2010, 1:11 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

Jimmie Johnson's unprecedented fifth consecutive Sprint Cup championship propelled him to his fourth Driver of the Year Award, which was announced Wednesday.

Johnson ties Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon as the only drivers to win the prestigious award four times.

Johnson now has won the DOY honor four of the last five years -- 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. NHRA Top Fuel drag racer Tony Schumacher won it in 2008.

A panel of 18 journalists and broadcasters voted on the award, ...

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