Camera crews, the 48 car, Jimmie….and a tuxedo??
Today at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Jimmie donned a tuxedo for filming of the latest Sunoco commercial, set to air in late May. The commercial highlights the “Essence of Racing” and will provide a mysterious (and humorous) air to this standard NASCAR setting.
"It's been fun filming with Sunoco today. I think fans will really enjoy the commercial, I'm looking forward to seeing it air myself. They have a pretty unique concept that will be something a little different for everyone in our sport," Johnson noted as filming wrapped.
Be sure to tune in during Charlotte race week to catch the new spot on FOX.
The Jimmie Johnson Foundation hosted the JJF 5K this morning in Huntersville, NC and kicked-off the second year of the JJF Wellness Challenge. With almost 400 runners and plenty of spectators in tow to cheer the competitors on, there was no shortage of fun on the Newell-Rubbermaid campus. With a time of 14:44:60, Anthony Famiglietti of Davidson, NC took home the Overall Male Winner title, while Overall Female Winner went to Alice Rogers of Charlotte, NC with a time of 18:19:00.
Racing is about more than turning left and going fast. In fact, NASCAR has evolved into a world where physics plays a key role in many aspects of taking the checkered flag.
Jimmie Johnson knows this firsthand and through a partnership with NASA, he was able to share his knowledge of the physics of NASCAR with over 2,340 students and 75 teachers via the NASA Digital Learning Network. From Brooklyn, NY to Victorville, CA, students across the nation were able to ask Jimmie questions and engage with him on the science behind what makes his 48 car fast.
During the live video broadcast, Johnson detailed how drag affects his car and how his Hendrick Motorsports team tries to eliminate drag on the straighaways but leverages it to help him turn in the corners. He also discusses elements of the car that allow for more speed and aerodynamics than a standard street car.
In honor of Gatorade's 50th anniversary, they've recreated the iconic "Be Like Mike" commercial to include their cache of current sports stars and moments shared by fans on social media. Jimmie joins Serene Williams, Bryce Harper, Usain Bolt and others in this tribute to Michael Jordan and Gatorade's most popular commercial of all time. Can you spot how Jimmie wants to "Be Like Mike"?? (Hint: be sure to keep an eye around the 30sec mark!)
Seiko Corporation of America is proud to announce the appointments of famed NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson and revolutionary American Ballet Theatre Soloist Misty Copeland as the world-renowned watchmaker’s newest Brand Ambassadors.
Representing Seiko’s progressive and powerful new Fall 2015 campaign, the exciting addition of Jimmie Johnson and Misty Copeland to the Seiko Nation will continue to feature the brand’s progressive philosophy of being “always one step ahead of the rest.” Featured within new Coutura and Tressia collection campaigns this Fall, Jimmie and Misty will bring forward their personalities, confidence and genuine values, while providing a glimpse into their shared passion for independence, intelligence and relentless innovation.
1. Hendrick Motorsports 200th Win – Darlington Raceway 2012
Winning at Darlington Raceway is special. It’s a historic track, a true racers' racetrack, that all drivers hope to one day conquer and say just once they beat the “Lady in Black.” Put the added pressure of going for the 200th win for Hendrick Motorsports and you’ve just created the May 12, 2012 race at Darlington Raceway . Hendrick Motorsports had gone 10 straight weeks without a win, what some would consider a dry spell for an organization of that caliber. That “dry spell” evaporated in the warm South Caroline air when Johnson was able to start the night from the outside of the front row in his Kobalt Tools-branded No. 48 machine. He led a race high 134 laps and despite a series of late race cautions, including a green white checked finish, Johnson held off the field to capture his 56th career win and the coveted 200th victory for Hendrick Motorsports.
It was an fun-filled night at the Supercross event in Atlanta, kicked off by a command from Jimmie for riders to start their engines. Prior to the race, Johnson was able to spend time with friends Ryan Dungey and Chad Reed and get an inside view of their pre-race routine. Johnson had hosted Dungey at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday during practice and qualifying sessions, the disparity between the two events no more apparent than when riders were summoned to the arena...and arrived riding their bikes in from the pits.
Following the command to start engines, Johnson and his daughter Genevieve enjoyed the racing action from inside the course, just below the manager's stand. The viewpoint allowed for both a spectacular view of the drivers leaving the gate to start the race, as well as a front row seat for the final jumps across the finish line.
The Jimmie Johnson Foundation announced Friday the launch of the 2015 Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope campaign, which will award $125,000 to five non-profits in April.
In a video message sent via Twitter and Facebook, six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson, along with Mike Wells, president and CEO of Wells Enterprises, maker of Blue Bunny Ice Cream, revealed that not-for-profit (501c3) organizations supporting K-12 public education will be eligible to compete for one of the five available $25,000 grants.
“We are excited to continue our support of K-12 public education through the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope program,” Johnson said. “(Wife) Chandra and I are grateful to Blue Bunny and the Wells Family for partnering with us to provide these important programs with financial support.”
Although Jimmie was locked into the Daytona 500 with a front row starting spot, it didn't mean he would be content to just cruise around the 2.5mi race track during his Duel race. As crew chief Chad Knaus put it "There's a trophy to be won, let's go get it." And get it they did. After leading 40 laps of the 60 lap race, Jimmie battled his way to the front during a green-white-checkered finish and took the 48 car to Victory Lane.
"What a race car. That car is mad fast," were some of Johnson's first words upon exiting the car. With a 2nd place qualifying run and a win already under its belt, it's a safe bet to say that this isn't the last we'll see of this 48 car during the remainder of Daytona 500 Speedweeks.
After being involved in an accident on Lap 45, the 48 team's night was over. However, with no points on the line, the Sprint Unlimited provided a great opportunity to prepare for next Sunday's Daytona 500. Johnson was able to get some experience drafting (most of his Daytona practices have been single-car runs so far, avoiding any risk of damage during practice) and get a feel for the car under race conditions. He was also able to provide feedback to make changes to the Daytona 500 car based off his experience tonight.
So while it's always tough to end the night before taking the checkers, Jimmie and the 48 are taking tonight's finish in stride as they work toward the ultimate goal of the 2015 Harley J. Earl trophy.