|Jimmie Johnson is 9/4 favorite to win Sprint Cup.|
“Phoenix is going to be like every other race weekend for this Lowe’s team. We are heading there to win. There is no such thing as a ‘throw away’ race in my mind. If my pit crew has more exposure in racing for the win, they have more pressure on them. We could all use practice with pressure because Homestead will bring a lot of pressure. So pressure is good for us. We will be racing for every point we can race for, even if we are locked in. We will race our race and let everyone else race theirs.”
KOBALT RACE: This weekend at Phoenix, the black and white colors of Kobalt Tools will adorn Jimmie Johnson’s Chevrolet SS for the fourth and final time this season. Kobalt tools are sold exclusively at Lowe’s.
PHOENIX DRIVER RATING: According to NASCAR's loop data statistics, Johnson has the series-best driver rating at Phoenix with a score of 112.0 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.
OTHER PHOENIX ACCOLADES: Johnson also has the series-best average running position at Phoenix -- 7.89 -- and he leads current drivers with 15 top-five finishes at the track. He has spent 85 percent of all laps run at Phoenix in the top-15, which is second-most among current drivers.
TRACK QUALIFYING RECORD: Johnson holds the track qualifying record at Phoenix International Raceway, which was set one year ago on Nov. 13, 2015, with a speed of 143.132 mph or 25.147 seconds around the track.
HOT IN THE DESERT: During the years of 2007 and 2008, Johnson put together a streak of three wins in a row at the oval racetrack in the Valley of the Sun. He won the season's penultimate event in 2007, followed by sweeping both events in 2008. The last time Johnson won at Phoenix came before the track was repaved in November 2009. Johnson won the pole for this event one year ago.