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.
Recently, we shared the story of one of Jimmie’s lifelong racing heroes, Rick Mears (here if you missed it). As Jimmie is set to race for his fifth Brickyard 400 win, we take a look at what Indianapolis means to Mears and Johnson and what they have accomplished at the storied oval, and even take a ride around the track with the two legends of the Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson’s career path is undoubtedly an unusual one: from motocross to off road trucks to asphalt and eventually to the front of the pack in professional auto racing. But Johnson isn’t the first dust devil driver out of Southern California to do just that: it was Rick Mears who blazed the trail.
There’s only one facility in the entire world that would be capable of holding every Lowe’s employee: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway. How fitting that Jimmie Johnson and Team Lowe’s Racing should race there this weekend in recognition of the over 265,000 Lowe’s employees nationwide. For the third consecutive year, the No. 48 Chevrolet will trade in its blue duds for a red vest, just like those proudly worn by Lowe’s employees.