Fontana II: Jimmie Johnson preview

Jimmie and Chandra Johnson are in the San Diego area this week celebrating the 3rd-Annual Jimmie Johnson Foundation golf tournament and dinner auction prior to the Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway. The Johnsons are involved in several...

Jimmie and Chandra Johnson are in the San Diego area this week celebrating the 3rd-Annual Jimmie Johnson Foundation golf tournament and dinner auction prior to the Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway.

The Johnsons are involved in several events in and around Jimmie's hometown of El Cajon, CA, hoping to raise funds for the Jimmie Johnson Foundation's Championship Grants which will be awarded in partnership with Lowe's Toolbox for Education.

BLOCK PARTY AT FOUNDATION LANE

Chandra and Jimmie Johnson hosted a block party on the site where four Habitat for Humanity homes were built with proceeds from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Golf Tournaments. The families chosen for the houses were on hand to give the Johnsons a tour of their homes.

JUNIOR SEAU TEAMMATES LUNCHEON

Junior Seau will honor Johnson at the Junior Seau Foundation's 9th-Annual Teammates Luncheon. Johnson will be honored for his success on the race track and for his commitment to the San Diego Community.

Jimmie Johnson Foundation Dinner and Auction

The foundation's dinner and auction will be held the night prior to the golf tournament. The dinner will feature special entertainment by a surprise guest and proceeds from the auction will aid in the Toolbox for Education Championship Grants funded by the foundation.

3rd-Annual Jimmie Johnson Foundation Golf Tournament

Nearly 150 golfers will participate in the third annual event with proceeds going to the Toolbox for Education Championship Grants funded by the foundation. Guests scheduled to attend include Kurt Busch, Brian Vickers, Jamie McMurray and Casey Mears.

*In two years the golf tournament and dinner auctions have raised more than $1 million

At Auto Club Speedway

Johnson will drive a special No. 48 Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe's Impala. His helmet will feature the 12 charities selected for his Helmet of Hope initiative. The helmet will be auctioned off at the 3rd Annual Jimmie Johnson Foundation Dinner and Auction with the proceeds going to the San Diego Jimmie Johnson Foundation Championship Grants in partnership with Lowe's Toolbox for Education.

RACE NOTES

Auto Club Speedway

* Johnson has made 13 Sprint Cup Series starts at Auto Club Speedway, earning three wins, eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes. * Johnson has completed 100% (3255 of 3255) of competition laps at the track and has led 597. * He has an average start and finish of 9.2 and 6.2.

Chassis

* Johnson will pilot chassis number 553 in Sunday's race. He took that car to Victory Lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. * Johnson drove backup chassis number 534 to a 13th-place result at Pocono Raceway in August.

JINNIE JOHNSON:

TALK ABOUT YOUR GOLF TOURNAMENT THIS COMING TUESDAY. "I'm excited for the golf tournament. We've changed locations in San Diego and have kind of scaled things back a little bit. It's going from 27 holes down to 18 and a new location. So we're really excited to see the tournament grow. I'm very thankful to the sponsors and fans and everybody joining in. The money raised will do a lot for San Diego."

IF YOU LOOK AT THE RACES COMING UP FOR YOU IT ALMOST SEEMS LIKE THE NEXT EIGHT RACES ARE REALLY STACKED IN YOUR FAVOR. "They really are great tracks for us. I think the season comes to us in a way. I know that we perform well in the Chase but I think the schedule is helpful for the No. 48 car. We have great results and it gives us a lot of hope going into these tracks but we still have to show up and get the job done. So we have a positive mindset looking forward to those tracks. It will make the week easier leading into those tracks but we still have to go in there and get to work. I'm excited for it."

-credit: hm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Casey Mears , Jimmie Johnson , Jamie McMurray