Team 48 Texas Motor Speedway
JIMMIE JOHNSON 2011
STARTS: 33 WINS: 2 TOP 5: 14 TOP 10: 21
CURRENT DRIVER POINT STANDINGS: 6th (-43)
FINISH IN MARTINSVILLE: 2nd 2010 FALL FINISH AT TEXAS: 9th
TEAM ROSTERS WILL BE POSTED ON MEDIA.LOWESRACING.COM WHEN AVAILABLE
MYLOWE’S LOUNGE: Johnson will drive the No. 48 MyLowe’s paint scheme in Texas. MyLowe’s is an integrated online tool on Lowes.com that helps keep track of everything in your home. Users will never have to remember paint colors, warranty information or room dimensions again. When using the My Lowe’s card, purchases will all automatically upload to the users MyLowe’s site and can be customized from there.
In addition, this weekend fans will have the opportunity to visit the MyLowes lounge located in the Midway at Texas Motor Speedway. Fans will play Jimmie Johnson’s new video game Jimmie Johnson’s Anything With An Engine, currently available for purchase on major gaming consoles.
JIMMIE JOHNSON FOUNDATION/LOWE’S TOOLBOX FOR EDUCATION CHAMPIONS GRANTS: Jimmie and Chandra Johnson will be in Oklahoma Thursday for a special event to announce the recipients of the 2011 Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Champions Grants. For the third year, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and Lowe’s Toolbox for Education initiative have partnered to award grants in the areas where Johnson and his wife grew up and currently reside.
Texas Motor Speedway
. Johnson has made 16 Sprint Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway, where he has one win, seven top-five and 12 top-10 finishes.
. Johnson has completed 96.2% (5150 of 5354) of competition laps at the 1.5-mile track and has led 118.
. He has an average start and finish of 9.1 and 9.9.
. Johnson last drove primary chassis No. 681 to victory lane at Kansas Speedway earlier this month.
. Backup chassis No. 669 finished second at Michigan International Speedway in August and at Dover International Speedway in October.
Primary Car History – Chassis No. 681
Date Event Start Finish
07/31/2011 Indy 3 19
09/19/2011 Chicago 12 10
10/09/2011 Kansas 19 1
Backup Car History – Chassis No. 669
Date Event Start Finish
06/05/2011 Kansas 31 7
07/09/2011 Kentucky 5 3
08/21/2011 Michigan 19 2
10/02/2011 Dover 6 2
JIMMIE JOHNSON QUOTES
TALK ABOUT HEADING TO TEXAS THIS WEEKEND.
“Texas is a great track. It’s really challenging. The corner exits creep up on you and you are carrying a ton of speed and it’s a narrow transition from the exit of the turn onto the straights. The track has widened out a lot, so we can race all over. Texas Motor Speedway does an awesome job promoting our sport, and that race; and the fan base is there and they are excited to see us. So, I’m excited to go back to Texas.”
SPRINT CUP SERIES CAREER NOTES
. Johnson has 55 wins in his Sprint Cup Series career, his most recent coming at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 9, 2011.
. The El Cajon, Calif.-native is currently tied with Rusty Wallace for eighth on NASCAR’s all-time wins list.
. He is second in total wins among active drivers, behind Jeff Gordon (85).
. Johnson needed only 296 starts to hit the 50 mark. Only three drivers have reached 50 victories quicker – Gordon (232), Darrell Waltrip (278) and David Pearson (293).
. Johnson has won at least three Cup races a season since he posted his first victory in 2002. He is the only driver in the modern era to win at least three races in each of his first eight full-time seasons.
. Johnson has won Sprint Cup Series races at all but five (Michigan, Chicago, Watkins Glen, Homestead, Kentucky) of the 23 tracks on which the series competes.
. Johnson’s 10 wins in 2007 was the highest number recorded in a single season since Jeff Gordon posted 13 victories in 1998.
. The four-consecutive wins scored by the No. 48 team in the 2007 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup ties a modern-era NASCAR record.
. Johnson has collected 25 poles in his Sprint Cup career.
. The championship driver has earned at least one pole a year since his first full-time season in 2002.
. He had a career-high six poles in 2008.
. Johnson’s most recent pole position was at Dover International Speedway on Sept. 24, 2010.
. Johnson has finished in the top five in the Sprint Cup Series point standings each year since his first full season in 2002.
. Johnson is the only driver to qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup every year since the format was adopted in 2004.
. In 360 Sprint Cup Series starts, Johnson has posted 148 top-five and 224 top-10 finishes.
. He has a top-five finish at every track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit.
. Johnson has led a total of 12,109 laps (of 103,882) in his Sprint Cup career, covering over 139,164 miles.
. He has finished on the lead lap 281 times.
. Johnson was named by Forbes as the Most Influential Athlete in 2011.
. In 2009, Johnson became the first race car driver to be named Male Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press in its 78-year history.
. Voted Driver of the Year four times in his career (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010), Johnson joins Jeff Gordon as four-time winners of the prestigious award.
. Johnson has won an ESPY for Best Driver four times, in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.