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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).
AT CHARLOTTE: In 25 Cup starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Johnson has six wins, 12 top-five finishes and 16 top-10s. He has completed 97.1 percent of laps run (8,594 of 8,852 laps) and has led 1,569 laps around the 1.5-mile oval. A three-time pole winner, Johnson has an average start of 7.4 and an average finish of 11.6.
HALL OF FAME VOTE: As the defending Sprint Cup champion, Johnson has earned a spot on the NASCAR Hall of fame voting panel. The vote will take place on May 21. This year, the voting panel will consider 20 nominees, including team owner Rick Hendrick, for the 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame class. The voting panel consists of 32 members.
PIT CREWS ALSO GO THE EXTRA 100 MILES: Sunday’s 600-mile event at Charlotte is the longest of the year – 100 miles longer than most Cup competitions – and teams can make up to 12 pit stops during the race. As a result, pit crew coaches Chris Krieg and Greg Morin, as well as the strength and conditioning staff, focus more on hydration and energy for this event. They help the pit crew members prepare not only for the duration, but also the transition from a day to a night race.
DRIVER RATING: Johnson has the highest driver rating for the 600-mile race at Charlotte with a score of 111.1 during the past 18 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.
JOHNSON SHINES IN TRIATHLON: Johnson participated in the Over the Mountain triathlon in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, last Saturday morning. Johnson finished a mile swim, 30-mile bike ride and a 10k in 2:30:07. This was the 11th best time overall, and he won his age group (35-39).
PATRIOTIC SCHEME: Each year since 2001, Lowe’s has designed a patriotic-themed car for Johnson to drive at Charlotte in May. 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. Johnson also drove this scheme last weekend in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
CHASSIS CHOICES: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-797 for this weekend’s 600-mile event. Johnson last raced this car in April at Texas Motor Speedway. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-728, which Johnson most recently raced at Bristol Motor Speedway in March.
#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 CHARLOTTE: In 60 events (203 starts) at Charlotte, Hendrick Motorsports has 17 wins, which ranks first all-time among teams at the 1.5-mile oval. Kasey Kahne most recently won the 600-mile event there in May 2012 and has four career victories at Charlotte. His Hendrick Motorsports teammates Johnson (six victories) and Jeff Gordon (five) rank first and second, respectively, among active drivers in wins at the 1.5-mile track. Hendrick Motorsports has 54 top-five finishes and 84 top-10s and has led 4,459 laps at Charlotte since 1984.
ALL-TIME TIE: Johnson needs one more Cup victory at Charlotte to break a three-way tie for first all time with NASCAR Hall of Famers Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip. Johnson leads at four other tracks on the Cup circuit: Dover International Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the two-mile oval in Fontana, California.
TEAM STATS: Hendrick Motorsports’ 17 victories at Charlotte rank second for the organization behind Martinsville Speedway, where it has recorded a team-best 21 wins. Its 16 pole positions at Charlotte trail only Martinsville (17 poles) and Richmond International Raceway (17) for first overall.
ALL-TIME AT 1.5-MILERS: Johnson and Gordon rank best among drivers all-time in several categories at 1.5-mile racetracks. Johnson leads drivers with 15 career victories at 1.5-mile racetracks, while Gordon ranks second with 12.
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 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 600.): “I love this race. It’s such a challenge to all of us both mentally and physically. The (No.) 48 team does well here because it’s such a long race that you have the time to adjust on your car, make the changes from day to night and improve with each stop.”
JOHNSON (ON THE NASCAR HALL OF FAME VOTE.): “To say this is an honor is an understatement. I’ve been studying my book of the nominees, and it’s been a great opportunity to learn. I am looking forward to the banter in the voting room and being around the guys who made this sport what it is today. This is a huge deal to me, and I am truly humbled.”