|Jimmie Johnson is 6/1 co-favorite to win Coca-Cola 600.|
Hometown El Cajon, California
Resides Charlotte, North Carolina
Jimmie Johnson on the 600 Miles of Remembrance
“I’m so honored to have SFG Werhly’s name on our Lowe’s Chevrolet. It gives us that much more incentive to contend for a win to honor the men and women serving our country. Every time I see a soldier at the track, I thank them for their service. Without their bravery we wouldn’t have the freedom to do what we love.”
No. 48 team crew chief Chad Knaus on the Charlotte 600
“Last weekend’s All-Star event was in essence a ‘test’ for this weekend. We learned some important things about tire fall off even though we didn’t get a ton of practice. The 600-miler is a tough, tough race and it takes a lot of patience and some endurance on everyone’s part to be there at the end.”
IN REMEMBRANCE: Instead of Johnson’s name on the windshield for the 600-mile Memorial Day weekend event, his name has been replaced with Army Sergeant First Class Kyle B. Wehrly. Werhly served in the Illinois National Guard from 1995 until his untimely death in Ashraf, Iraq, on Nov. 3, 2005. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal and the Army Good Conduct Medal among many others. During his time in the military he also worked at Lowe's Store No. 92 in Galesburg, Illinois. Werhly is survived by his wife Janet, his daughter Kylee and his parents, who will all be in attendance this weekend.
RED, WHITE AND LOWE’S BLUE: For the first time this season, Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet SS will be patriotic themed. Longtime sponsor Lowe’s has a lengthy history of supporting the military. Currently, Lowe’s has more than 14,000 veterans, active military and Guard/Reserve employees.
WINNING FROM THE POLE AT CHARLOTTE: Twice in his career, Johnson has won the 600-mile event from the pole position at Charlotte. The first was in 2004 when Johnson started first and led 334 out of 400 laps en route to victory. The second time was in May 2014 when Johnson won the pole and led 164 laps on his way to the win.
ALL-TIME AT CHARLOTTE: Johnson has a total of seven Sprint Cup wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway with four coming in the 600-mile event. His victory in 2014 broke a tie with NASCAR Hall of Famers Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip, making Johnson the all-time series points-paying win leader at Charlotte.
LET’S BLAZE!: For the second time in his career, Johnson will lend his voice to an animated cartoon series. Nickelodeon’s popular animated pre-school and STEM-based series ‘Blaze and the Monster Machines’ will feature Johnson in upcoming race car themed episodes, along with Hendrick Motorsports teammates Kahne and Elliott and Danica Patrick. Johnson is featured as “Dash”, a car that is fun, friendly, fast and the ultimate racing buddy for Blaze. The first special, “Race Car Superstar,” premieres Monday, May 30, at 1:30 p.m. ET, followed by “Race to Eagle Rock” on Thursday, June 2, at 1:30 p.m. ET on Nickelodeon. The remaining race car episodes will roll out this fall.
- Hendrick Motorsports