UPDATE 7-14-2017 Johnson took about a 5.5 mile bike ride through the heart of Detroit, led by members of the city's own Slow Roll bike club and the Detroit Police Department. The trip took Johnson through Detroit with about 70 fellow cyclists as he took in the scenes of the Detroit Riverfront, Heart Plaza and much more.
After the ride ended, Johnson had a lot of positive thoughts about the Motor City.
"Man, this is a comeback city right now," Johnson said. "I think Detroit has always been known for working through just about anything. This is just another chapter in that book. I have no doubt that it is going to come back stronger than ever."
With the bike ride starting and ending at Brew Detroit on Abbott street just a couple blocks east of Rosa Parks Ave., Johnson enjoyed taking in the architecture and the and the new vibrancy that Detroit has to offer.
"I can see the effort," Johnson said after his cruise through the heart of the city. "It's amazing to see. With GM being here and a lot of friends that work in that building ... To hear how downtown has been changing and then to see it first hand -- to see the effort that's going on down by the river -- and to be shown areas in town that, a few years ago were not so desirable to be in, to now have restaurants and the vibrancy taking place in those areas, it's just amazing to see."
Taking part in the ride as a promotion for the Pure Michigan 400 coming up on Aug. 13 at MIS, Johnson enjoyed sharing one of his passions with his supporters.
"It's fun to have the time," Johnson said. "At the race track on a race weekend, I'm on such a tight timeline. Getting from the car to the transporter to the debriefs -- whatever it might be -- you don't really get to have interaction with fans, to be honest. To be on a bike, that's one thing I've loved about it is that it's so social. To come to an event like this where I don't have race pressure and I can sit there and chat with people and talk about racing and riding a bike or whatever it might be, it's just nice to have a calm environment to hang out in."
With the ride starting and ending at Brew Detroit, Johnson declined the opportunity to drink some Michigan craft beer at the end of his ride as he has to prepare for his next race at the Overton's 301 in New Hampshire this Sunday.
"I'm in a car at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning," Johnson said with a grin, "I have a rule for myself but, as much much as I would like to have one, I'm going to have to pass."
--- Michigan Live ---
ORIGINAL 7-13-2017: One of the greatest NASCAR drivers of all-time is coming to the Motor City.
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet and seven-time champion on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, will participate in the Slow Roll bike tour in Detroit on Thursday, July 13.
The 45-minute tour will take place from 3:25 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. and will cover approximately seven miles. It will begin and end at Brew Detroit, 1401 Abbott Street and will travel through Corktown, downtown Detroit and along the Detroit River.
Johnson will start his tour of the Detroit area at the Michigan State Police - Metro South Post where he will gain hands-on experience operating tactical units.
He will speak to the youth about physical fitness at the Detroit Police Athletic League before starting the bike tour, according to a news release.
Now in its 7th year, Slow Roll brings together thousands of people from all over the region during 25 weekly bike rides throughout the year. . More than 12,000 registered riders participated in 2016.
In 2017, Slow Roll is focusing on continuing to educate people about Detroit, engage riders with local businesses and charities, and create the cohesive and peaceful community we all strive for, according to its website.
--- Michigan Live ---
NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson will take a 7-mile bicycle tour of Detroit on Thursday.
Johnson will start his ride at 3:25 p.m., beginning at Brew Detroit at 1401 Abbott and continuing through Corktown and along the riverfront. The tour will take 45 minutes.
Before the tour, Johnson will visit the Michigan State Police Metro South post in Taylor where he will learn about the operation of tactical units. He'll speak to youths about fitness at the Detroit Police Athletic League before the bike tour.
--- Detroit Free Press ---