FIRST CHARITIES CHOSEN FOR HELMET OF HOPE Fans and Media Can Nominate Their Charity for the Helmet The first two charities were chosen for the Jimmie Johnson Foundation's Helmet of Hope initiative. The program allows six race fans and six media...
FIRST CHARITIES CHOSEN FOR HELMET OF HOPE
Fans and Media Can Nominate Their Charity for the Helmet
The first two charities were chosen for the Jimmie Johnson Foundation's Helmet of Hope initiative. The program allows six race fans and six media members the opportunity to have their charity of choice featured on Johnson's race helmet.
Johnson picked Victory Junction (Randleman, N.C.) and Zepp Children's Foundation (Westminster, M.D.) during the Watkins Glen race weekend.
Claire B. Lang, a Sirius NASCAR radio personality, nominated Victory Junction, a camp that enriches the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun, and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment.
Sally Zepp of Westminster, MD nominated Zepp Children's Foundation, an organization which serves special needs children, adults and families through grants and resources to enhance their quality of life as well as their families and caregivers.
Lowe's Toolbox for Education also is featured on the helmet. The foundation is partnering with the Lowe's program to raise funds for education initiatives in Johnson's hometown of El Cajon, Calif. The funds will be raised through the 3rd-Annual Jimmie Johnson Foundation Golf Tournament to be held on Oct. 7 in San Diego.
To nominate your favorite charity visit www.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org. Johnson will draw two charities each race weekend through the New Hampshire event in September.
New to the program this year, the foundation will donate $1,048 to each selected charity and distribute 100% of the proceeds from a special Helmet of Hope t-shirt between the organizations. The t-shirt will feature each charity's logo and is on sale now at www.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org.
Michigan International Speedway
* Johnson has made 15 Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan International Speedway, posting two top-five and six top-10 finishes.
* The two-mile oval is one of only six Sprint Cup tracks on which Johnson hasn't visited Victory Lane. The others are Bristol, Infineon, Chicago, Watkins Glen and Homestead.
* The three-time champion has completed 95.8% (2813 of 2935) of competition laps at the track and has led 377.
* Johnson has an average start and finish of 9.4 and 14.9.
* Johnson will pilot chassis No. 552 in Sunday's race. He finished eighth in that car at Chicagoland Speedway in July.
* The three-time Champions last drove backup chassis No. 504 to a 13th-place result at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.
WITH THE DOUBLE-FILE RESTARTS, THE MICHIGAN RACE COULD BE VERY INTERESTING. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THAT? "Yeah, it will be. I remember at Michigan we had a dominant car; such a fast race car all day long. So I'm really excited going back. It wasn't too long ago, so hopefully the advantage we had will still be there and hopefully we can make one more lap on fuel. We came up just one (lap) short last time, so fuel mileage races and the No. 48 car just don't mix. But I'm looking forward to it. That's one of the tracks (where) we've been getting better and better. Our finishing results don't show it, but if you look at laps led, we've been up front a lot there. We just haven't been able to close the deal yet."
MICHIGAN IS ONE OF THOSE TRACKS WHERE IT COMES DOWN TO FUEL ECONOMY A LOT. IS THAT A PART OF YOUR STRATEGY THAT YOU CAN WORK TO SAVE FUEL EARLY IN A RUN AND NOT JUST WHEN IT'S A CERTAIN THING? WHAT DO YOU DO? "You have to really commit to saving fuel at the start of the run, the minute you leave pit road on that run. So if the crew chief notices, even two pit stops from the end, that we're getting to that point and figure out how to save fuel, you can hopefully learn the run before and see what those savings are and then count on that again for the final run. So, it's always in our minds at places like Pocono, Michigan and the road courses for sure. So hopefully it doesn't come down to that. We all like to race hard and stand on the gas and hopefully it doesn't."