CONCORD, N.C. – Lowe’s Companies Inc. has extended its longtime relationship with Hendrick Motorsports after signing a two-year agreement that will continue its full-season primary sponsorship of the No. 48 NASCAR Sprint Cup team and six-time series champion Jimmie Johnson in 2016 and 2017.
This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wraps up its regular season at Richmond International Raceway. When the checkered flag falls on Saturday night to end the 26th race of the season, the points will be reset for the 16 drivers who make it into NASCAR’s playoffs: The Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.
Jimmie Johnson has won the All Star Race a record four times, and each time he earned a check for one million dollars. He just picked up another million…but this time it was on Twitter, where Johnson just surpassed one million followers. And people are loving it…
The summer months are in the rear view mirror (right where JJ likes his competition), and that means football season is upon us. Jimmie Johnson and his wife Chandra will be cheering on her alma mater, the Oklahoma Sooners, much like they did in person in 2007 when they were on hand for the final game of the season: a home field showdown against intra-state rivals Oklahoma State.
As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rolled into Watkins Glen, New York for the second and final road course race earlier this year, Jimmie Johnson’s Saturday plans included a long bike ride through the mountains of upstate New York. Gatorade, who called upon the six-time NASCAR champion to appear in an educational video for their long running “Beat the Heat” campaign, joined for the ride to show how the fit NASCAR star used hydration to keep his active lifestyle going in the hot summer months. Little did Gatorade know the weather would graciously cooperate: the entire weekend was an August scorcher one might expect to have in Georgia, not upstate New York.
When you’re a six time NASCAR champion, you have your own jet. And when you have your own jet, you have the luxury of a calm and quiet flight home after a bustling weekend at the race track. You kick back, relax, rehydrate, and leave the worries of the world thirty thousand feet below. Unless you’re Jimmie Johnson.
Today, Lowe’s and Jimmie Johnson unveiled a retro paint scheme that will run under the lights on Labor Day weekend in the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington. Johnson joins numerous other drivers who will be driving retro styled cars as a part of Darlington’s throwback themed weekend honoring the track’s rich history.
Jimmie has never run a retro paint scheme and is anxious for the opportunity, “I’m really happy with how the scheme turned out. Some of my helmets I’ve worn in the past have had cool old photos of the original Lowe’s stores, but I’ve never run a throwback car. I always liked that retro look, so I’m excited to run this scheme in Darlington. I really appreciate when something has a story behind it; something with a history. Lowe’s has always been a great partner, and they obviously have a great legacy that dates back to the forties. I’m proud to run this car and hope to honor that tradition with a win.”
This weekend the sounds of NASCAR will thunder through the rolling Irish Hills of Michigan. The Motor City, Detroit, is a short drive from Michigan International Speedway, and this is the home race for Chevrolet. For Jimmie Johnson it is a special place, because for practically his entire racing career, Jimmie has been behind the wheel of a Chevy.
In the early nineties Jimmie was terrorizing the southwest, winning in every division of off road racing he competed in. Herb Fishel, then Executive of GM Racing, spotted the brash Californian and recruited him to compete in the SCORE off-road series in a Chevrolet Trophy-Truck for Nelson & Nelson Racing, where he won Rookie of the Year in 1995. From there the elevator only went up. In 1996 he moved with Chevrolet to Herzog Motorsports to compete in SODA off-road racing where he continued his winning ways and again earned ROTY.
Last night the Jimmie Johnson Foundation hosted the second event of the 2015 JJF Wellness Challenge at Cane Creek State Park in Waxhaw, North Carolina. The 168 entrants in the sprint triathlon swam 500 yards before biking 13 miles and finishing with a 5K run.