Early today, Jimmie Johnson handed over the keys to his fully-loaded 2015 Chevrolet Suburban to Jean Dowling, the winner of the 2016 Jimmie Johnson Foundation Raffle. Dowling, who flew out for the handover from New Mexico, had seen the raffle mentioned on Johnson’s Facebook page. Though the thought of winning a new car was exciting, her ticket purchase was truly spurred from her recollection that “I haven’t done enough for charity this year.” The funds raised from the raffle, $125,646 in 2015, are used by the Foundation in their goal of assisting children, families and communities in need.
This week, NASCAR celebrates the 2015 as they take over Las Vegas. The highly popular Champions Week celebrations are upon us, and although Jimmie Johnson still can’t call himself seven-time, he will be recognized throughout the week as one of this year’s Chase competitors. If you can’t make it to Vegas in person, here’s a rundown of where you can catch Jimmie throughout the week:
This weekend marks the final time Jeff Gordon will climb behind the wheel of the No. 24 Chevrolet. Twenty three years ago he was a young kid with an iconic mustache that showed up on the NASCAR scene. He didn’t fit the typical NASCAR mold: he was Californian, well spoken, a sponsor’s dream, and as talented as he was young. He drove NASCAR into the 21st century, taking the sport from small town streets in the south, to Wall Street and Park Avenue.
On Sunday, Jimmie Johnson and Team Lowe’s captured their fifth win of the season, their sixth at Texas Motor Speedway. This third win in a row for the No. 48 at “The Great American Speedway” was the 50th NASCAR victory for the Chevrolet SS, coming in just 106 starts. Johnson also won the mark’s first race, the 2013 Daytona 500, and has 15 wins in an SS, more than any other driver.
Ever dreamed of taking a ride in the Lowe's 48 Chevrolet with Jimmie Johnson? Chad from Iowa did just that today at Darlington Raceway. As part of the Gatorade Sweat With the Best program, Gatorade offered the opportunity for a lucky fan to win the chance to ride with Jimmie. Chad entered "more times than he could remember" and was rewarded with the ride of a lifetime. Jimmie took him for a spin in both the Darlington Raceway pace car and the Lowe's Chevrolet SS. And because all good ride alongs end with burnouts, Johnson gave him a taste of victory as he burnt down the tires on the start/finish line: https://www.facebook.com/JimmieJohnson/videos/vb.122034670004/10156140110940005/?type=2&theater
Jimmie Johnson and his Team Lowe’s Racing posse head to the Lone Star State seeking redemption this weekend. The No. 48 has not been to Victory Lane for 21 races, and there's no better place to return to winning than the Texas Motor Speedway. In addition to "Remembering The Alamo" when he heads to Texas, Jimmie likes to remember his series leading five wins at the track. Four of his wins have come in the last six races, including this spring and the last three consecutive fall races.
The 2015 NASCAR season is rapidly racing towards the sunset at Homestead. With only five races remaining, you still have three opportunities to give your kids a race day experience they’ll never forget. When you purchase the Jimmie Johnson Family Ticket Package from participating tracks, your kids will have the opportunity for an up close Q&A session with six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, just before he climbs behind the wheel of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevy. They will also receive a fun and educational activity book, “Rockets & Racecars,” which is STEM focused and compares NASA’s space rockets to Jimmie’s No. 48 car (which can be a rocket in its own right!). Prior to Jimmie’s arrival at the package, NASA instructors will be on-site to provide fun, instructional activities to keep even the littlest fans engaged and excited for race day!
This weekend Jimmie Johnson and Team Lowe’s Racing will be gunning for a season sweep at Kansas Speedway. In May the team won the SpongeBob SquarePants 400, which was the No. 48 team’s third triumph in the “Heartland.” The road to victory was far from easy as the six-time champ only led ten laps and won after man-handling a loose racecar around the slippery and lightning fast 1.5 mile oval.