Fontana II: Jimmie Johnson preview

Jimmie Johnson heads to the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. following two days of Jimmie Johnson Foundation activities in his hometown. (Full recap of week's activities to follow) SPECIAL PAINT SCHEMES: Johnson will pilot the No. 48...

Jimmie Johnson heads to the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. following two days of Jimmie Johnson Foundation activities in his hometown. (Full recap of week's activities to follow)

SPECIAL PAINT SCHEMES:

Johnson will pilot the No. 48 Lowe's/ Jimmie Johnson Foundation Impala SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event and the No. 5 Lowe's/ Jimmie Johnson Foundation Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the Nationwide Series race.

HELMET OF HOPE:

The two-time, reigning Sprint Cup Series champion will wear the Helmet of Hope in Sunday's Sprint Cup event. The race helmet was part of a new Jimmie Johnson Foundation Initiative, which allowed race fans and members of the media to nominated charities they felt should be recognized. Twelve charities were selected to adorn the helmet, which will be auctioned off during Tuesday night's dinner auction.

CALIFORNIA HIGHLIGHTS:

* Johnson picked up his first career Sprint Cup Series win at Auto Club Speedway on April 4, 2002.

* He has collected more points at the southern-California track in the last 10 races than any other driver.

* Johnson has finished in the top-five seven times in 11 starts.

* His lowest finish is 16th.

* He has an average finish of 6.4 at the two-mile oval.

* The two-time Sprint Cup Champion has completed 100% of the competitions laps since he began competing there in 2002 (2755 of 2755 laps).

JIMMIE JOHNSON:

ON MAKING A STOP IN SAN DIEGO FOR JIMMIE JOHNSON FOUNDATION EVENTS ON THE WAY TO FONTANA: "The Jimmie Johnson Foundation, we have an annual golf tournament that's taking place tomorrow, Wednesday out here. Today (Tuesday) is a special day for us. We are heading out to the build site where we are building four homes with Habitat For Humanity through the Jimmie Johnson Foundation.

"It's an exciting day. My wife and I are all dressed up and ready to have a good day today and then we have dinner tonight with some auction stuff that's going on, a lot of people are participating and I want to thank them for that. And that helmet will be auctioned off tonight and I will be wearing that on Sunday afternoon."

From a driver's perspective any thoughts on the shuffle between Atlanta, Fontana and Talladega, is that a positive or negative for you?: "I don't see it being a problem for us. All of the tracks are good for the 48. When I heard of the changes, I understood with the weather and things like that how they would make the change.

So I don't see any big impact on myself. I think that it's going to be nice for the California fans to have a race a few months later so the climate is better and things like that and the Atlanta race, it will certainly be hotter and hopefully we won't have any weather."

Chassis

* Johnson last drove this weekend's primary chassis, No. 504, to victory lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in August. He also finished sixth in it at Pocono Raceway in June. He started on the pole at Indy and second at Pocono.

* Johnson qualified first and finished third in the backup chassis (No . 502) at Pocono Raceway in August .

-credit: hm

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