Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Jimmie Johnson with 9.88 average finish in 26 Pocono starts

Jimmie Johnson is 5/1 to win at Pocono on Sunday
No. 48 Lowe's/Jimmie Johnson Foundation Chevrolet SS / Jimmie Johnson

Driver: Jimmie Johnson 
Hometown: El Cajon, California
Age: 39 
Resides: Charlotte, North Carolina

Jimmie Johnson will be available to members of the media at 10:30 a.m. local time in the media center at Pocono Raceway.

DOUBLE DIGIT AT DOVER: Jimmie Johnson led the final 23 laps of the 400-mile event at Dover to capture his 10th career Cup victory at the one-mile concrete oval. Johnson is now just two wins away from matching Earnhardt Sr.’s 76 career wins for seventh on the all-time wins list. The victory marked Johnson’s fourth win of the 2015 season and was manufacturer Chevrolet’s fifth consecutive win at the track.

IN GOOD COMPANY: Johnson became the fifth driver in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history to have 10 or more Cup wins at a single track, joining NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty, David Pearson, Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Sr.

POCONO STATS: In the last 20 races at Pocono Raceway, according to NASCAR loop data, Johnson has the second-best driver rating of 106.9. He has an average starting position of 10.5 and has led 738 laps around the track, logging three wins along the way. In 2004, Johnson won both events for the season sweep. Johnson’s latest win came in 2013 when he won from the pole position.

JOHNSON LENDS VOICE TO ANIMATED SHOW: Recently, Johnson lent his voice to an upcoming episode of Nickelodeon’s preschool animated show "Bubble Guppies," premiering Thursday, June 4, at 11 a.m. ET. In the episode titled "The New Doghouse!” Johnson plays a red lobster named Jimmie, the host of "Extreme Doghouse: Neighborhood Edition." When an accident destroys Bubble Puppy’s doghouse, the Guppies team up with the entire neighborhood to build Bubble Puppy’s dream home, the most tricked-out doghouse Bubbletucky has ever seen. Click here for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the show.

SPECIAL PAINT SCHEME: For the 10th year, Lowe’s has generously donated its space on the No. 48 Chevrolet SS to promote the Jimmie Johnson Foundation. This year, the scheme features the programs and activities of the foundation, including the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope, the Champions Grant program, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Wellness Challenge and Team Up For Technology.

SPECIAL HELMET OF HOPE: In addition to the special paint scheme, Johnson will wear the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope this weekend. The helmet is a program that recognizes education-focused charities voted on by fans to receive a $25,000 grant. To date, the BBHOH program has donated more than $801,000 to 81 different charities. This year’s charities include: 9 Dots, (Los Angeles), BackPack Beginnings (Greensboro, North Carolina), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland (Sioux City, Iowa), Carolina Raptor Center (Charlotte, North Carolina) and The Be Kind People Project (Phoenix).

POCONO CHASSIS: For this weekend’s event, crew chief Chad Knaus has selected chassis No. 48-891, which last raced in March at Fontana for a ninth-place finish. The backup car is 48-824, which last raced at Pocono in June 2014.

Jimmie Johnson on racing at Pocono
“For me, I love the speed factor at Pocono. It’s not an easy track, and trying to figure out how to pass someone or get by someone, there’s something in that, that gets me going. Again, I always race better than I qualify here so that is something we are focusing on. Outside of the track, there are some great riding areas and just nice scenery. It’s a great place to go.”
2015 Season
  • 3rd in standings
  • 13 starts
  • 4 wins
  • 0 pole positions
  • 8 top-five finishes
  • 9 top-10 finishes
  • 387 laps led
  • 484 starts
  • 74 wins
  • 33 pole positions
  • 201 top-five finishes
  • 301 top-10 finishes
  • 17,538 laps led
Pocono Career 
  • 26 starts
  • 3 wins
  • 4 pole positions
  • 10 top-five finishes
  • 17 top-10 finishes
  • 738 laps led

- Hendrick Motorsports

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