|Jimmie Johnson is 7/1 to win at Sonoma this weekend.|
Jimmie Johnson on racing at Sonoma:“Sonoma is so tricky. Track position is so, so important there. It’s a quirky race and the last two times there we have been one of the better cars but just haven't had it work out, so I’m optimistic that we can get everything right over the course of the event. If you can save fuel it usually creates more opportunities. Last year it came down to tires and I was the only guy on old tires and it cost us the race. As a California native, I’m always happy to get back there.”
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet SS, will be available to members of the media on Friday at 11 a.m. local time in the media center at Sonoma Raceway.
ONE WIN IN SONOMA: Jimmie Johnson has been able to sip wine in Victory Lane one time over the course of his career. His only win at the 1.99-mile road course came on June 20, 2010, when he led 55 laps en route to the win.
SONOMA DRIVER RATING: According to NASCAR's loop data statistics, Johnson has the second-best driver rating at Sonoma with a score of 101.0 during the past 10 years at the track. 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.
CALIFORNIA CREW MEMBER: Race engineer Julian Pena hails from Aliso Viejo, California, and graduated from Stanford University with a degree in mechanical engineering.
CHICAGO TICKET PACKAGE: Fans can purchase a Jimmie Johnson Family Ticket Package for this year's race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 18. Johnson has teamed up with NASA to provide an educational experience for kids with the NASA Rockets 2 Racecars STEM Education program. The ticket package includes a Q&A session with Johnson on race day. The package is $48 for adults and $23 for children and is located in Section "L" at Chicagoland Speedway. Click here for details.
KENTUCKY TICKET PACKAGE: Johnson is teaming up with Kentucky Speedway and NASA once again for a family ticket package experience for the July 9 event at the track. Click here for information:http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com/jimmiejohnson/
Top 10 driver ratings at Sonoma:
#41-Kurt Busch 109.3
#48-Jimmie Johnson 101.0
#14-Tony Stewart 98.1
#15-Clint Bowyer 96.7
#31-Ryan Newman 88.5
#18-Kyle Busch 88.3
#19-Carl Edwards 88.3
#1-Jamie McMurray 87.1
#4-Kevin Harvick 86.9
#5-Kasey Kahne 86.7