Jimmie Johnson’s throwback yellow and blue No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet pays tribute to two NASCAR legends, both of whom gave the original yellow and blue Osterlund Racing No. 2 Chevrolet (and Oldsmobile) one heck of a ride with a lot of success. When Dale Earnhardt was injured at Pocono in July of 1979, David Pearson was called to fill in for four races while he recovered.
Jimmie Johnson was featured on last week’s NASCAR on NBC podcast with Nate Ryan. In this candid half hour sit down, the six-time NASCAR Champion opened up on topics ranging from what he’s been up to all summer, his foundation, the performance of the No. 48, and even what he envisions himself doing after he steps away from full time driving.
In honor of racing near the “Motor City” this weekend, here’s a look at a pretty special piece of Jimmie Johnson and Chevrolet history.
Bristol has become a NASCAR family favorite. And one of our favorite traditions is when the children of Motor Racing Outreach, racing’s one-the-road ministry, sing the National Anthem. Many of the youngsters are the children of the drivers, including little Lydia Johnson.
Due to some unforeseen circumstances on July 30, 1979, Jimmie Johnson will be paying tribute to two NASCAR legends with this year’s Darlington throwback. The striking blue and yellow No. 48 will certainly stand out under the lights at Darlington, just like the two winningest drivers at “The Track too Tough to Tame” who piloted the original scheme way back in 1979.
Earlier this year, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation announced the recipients of their annual Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope Grants. This weekend, the five recipients will ride along with Jimmie, both on the deck lid of the No. 48 Lowe’s Jimmie Johnson Foundation Chevrolet, and also on his own lid. Today in Watkins Glen, the 2016 Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope was unveiled.