|Jimmie Johnson has no wins at the Glen.|
JOHNSON’S SPECIAL GLOVES: During the Watkins Glen race weekend, Johnson and others will wear Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s signature skeleton gloves to raise awareness for the Dale and Amy Earnhardt Fund at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Johnson’s gloves are black and white. Following the race, Johnson will autograph the gloves and they will be auctioned on the NASCAR Foundation auction site Aug. 8. The funds will support patients and their families in pediatric injury rehabilitation, research and prevention.
POCONO REWIND: Johnson made his 600th career NASCAR Cup Series start last weekend at Pocono Raceway. He overcame a 35th-place starting position, picking up 21 positions and finishing the first stage in 14th. The driver finished 11th in the second stage and then ran in the top 10 for the majority of the final stage. A late-race pit stop strategy for four fresh tires didn’t pan out the way the team had hoped and Johnson was only able to recover to the 17th position at the finish.
DARLINGTON THROWBACK REVEALED: On Monday, Lowe’s revealed its Darlington throwback paint scheme that will run at the track on Sept. 2. The black, rally-striped KOBALT Chevy was selected for the theme “Seven Decades of NASCAR” as a tribute to Johnson’s win on May 12, 2012. The victory was Johnson’s 56th career win and the milestone 200th win for Hendrick Motorsports. See the paint scheme here.
DARLINGTON CELEBRATION: Fans attending the race at Darlington Raceway will have an exclusive opportunity to hear from many of the stars and legends of NASCAR at Darlington’s “Saturday Night Celebration” event taking place at the track on Sept. 1. Seven-time Cup Series champion Johnson will appear alongside NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty. For more information, click here.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHAD: No. 48 team crew chief Chad Knaus will celebrate a birthday this weekend at Watkins Glen. The Rockford, Illinois, native will turn 47 on Sunday, Aug. 5. and is expecting his first child later this month with wife Brooke.
VIP EXPERIENCE: Johnson has two more VIP experiences remaining for the 2018 season. The package gives fans the opportunity to meet the driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s for Pros Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in a one-on-one setting and includes a meet-and-greet, an autograph and a photo with Johnson along with a behind-the-scenes garage tour and an amazing, exclusive gift. Packages remain for Indianapolis and Dover. For more information, visit: https://jimmiejohnsonvip.com/.
LOCAL CREW MEMBER: Mark Ellis, the No. 48 transporter driver, hails from Utica, New York. Ellis went to Thomas R. Proctor High School, roughly 140 miles from Watkins Glen International, and before becoming a teammate at Hendrick Motorsports, Ellis was a crew member on the 2014 NHRA Drag Racing Top Fuel championship-winning team with driver Tony Schumacher. A bowling aficionado, Ellis is a member of the Professional Bowlers Association and is in his second season at Hendrick Motorsports.