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SEASON-TO-DATE: After 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup races this season, Jimmie Johnson owns the fourth-highest driver rating with a score of 102.9 and ranks seventh in the driver standings. His 527 laps led rank second just behind Kevin Harvick (672 laps led).
CHAT WITH MISS SPRINT CUP:Johnson will take part in a chat with Miss Sprint Cup on Friday, May 16 at 12:30 p.m. ET. The chat will be broadcast live on NASCAR.com, and fans can submit questions here:http://nas.cr/tqgr
JOHNSON RECEIVES KEY TO CITY:Johnson was presented with the “Key to the City” during the Charlotte (North Carolina) City Council meeting on Monday, May 12. Mayor Dan Clodfelter and Mayor Pro Tem Michael Barnes presented Johnson with the key for his outstanding philanthropic contributions through the Jimmie Johnson Foundation to the Charlotte region and other parts of the country.
ALL-STAR RECORD:Johnson won a record-setting fourth NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race last year after leading the final 10 laps of the exhibition event. Johnson's 2013 win marked his second straight in the event and broke a tie with Dale Earnhardt Sr. and teammate Jeff Gordon for the most wins in the annual non-points classic.
DRIVER RATING:Johnson has the second-highest driver rating for the All-Star race with a score of 106.3 during the past nine races at the 1.5-mile oval. The driver rating is a formula that combines wins, top-15 finishes, average running position while on the lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, most laps led and lead-lap finishes. The maximum a driver can earn in each race is 150 points. The driver rating number is used pre-race as a prediction tool and post-race as a performance evaluator.
PATRIOTIC ALL-STAR SCHEME:Each year since 2001, Lowe’s has designed a patriotic-themed car for Johnson to drive in an event. The No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS scheme for this weekend is a throwback to the 2010 Memorial Day car, which was heralded as a fan-favorite through a recent social media poll.
CHASSIS CHOICES:Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-784 for this weekend’s non-points event. Johnson last raced this car in June of 2013 at Michigan International Speedway. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-728, which Johnson most recently at Bristol (Tennessee) Motor Speedway.
#TEAMJJF WELLNESS CHALLENGE: The next event in the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Wellness Challenge is July 12. For more information or to sign up, visithttp://jjfwellnesschallenge.racesonline.com/. Johnson and his wife Chandra launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006. The mission of the foundation is to assist children, families and communities in need throughout the United States. The foundation has committed more than $6.7 million to various charities since its inception. For additional information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, visitwww.JimmieJohnsonFoundation.org.
HENDRICK AT THE ALL-STAR RACE:In 28 All-Star Races (83 entries), Hendrick Motorsports has scored seven wins, 31 top-five finishes, 46 top-10s and led 626 laps. Most recently, Johnson won the 2013 event after leading 10 laps to earn a record-setting fourth all-star victory. All four Hendrick Motorsports drivers are eligible for this year’s All-Star Race.
30TH ANNIVERSARY:In 2014, Hendrick Motorsports is celebrating its 30th anniversary in NASCAR. The organization began in 1984 with five employees and 5,000 square feet of work space. It has grown to more than 500 employees with a 430,000-square-foot facility that sits on 140 acres. Driver Geoff Bodine won the Martinsville (Virginia) Speedway spring race on April 29, 1984, marking Hendrick Motorsports’ first victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS FAN DAY:The 2014 Hendrick Motorsports Fan Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday May, 23 at the team’s Concord, North Carolina, facility. An array of free entertainment will be available for the whole family, including question-and-answer sessions with the organization’s drivers and crew chiefs. Visithttp://www.hendrickmotorsports.com/fans/fanfest/for details.
JOHNSON Q&A ON FAN DAY:Johnson will appear on the Hendrick Motorsports Fan Fest stage on May 23 from 5:30-6 p.m. local time for a question-and-answer session.
JIMMIE JOHNSON, DRIVER, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS (ON THE ALL-STAR RACE.): “It’s usually such a fun weekend for us. There are always a lot of family and friends in town for the race, and there is a lot of money on the line. A lot of the crew guys bring their wives and families to the track, and the best part is everyone gets to sleep in their own bed. It’s so relaxed and the atmosphere is just exciting. We have a cool patriotic paint scheme with the yellow No. 48, which is a fan favorite. We just go out there to try and win it.”