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#48 NASCAR Team News and Links

Jimmie Johnson Foundation

OFFICIAL TEAM/DRIVER LINKS
Hendrick Motorsports
Jimmie Johnson (2020)
Jimmie Johnson Foundation

PRIMARY SPONSORS LINKS
Lowes (2018 and leaves)
Lowe's for Pros

ASSOCIATE SPONSORS LINKS
North Carolina Blue Cross Blue Shield
Valvoline (2022)
Team Valvoline
Siemens (2024)
Ricoh (2020)

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Team Hendrick - Twitter
Hendrick Motorsports - Facebook
Hendrick Motorsports - YouTube
Jimmie Johnson - Twitter
Team Lowes Racing - Twitter
Team Lowes Racing - Facebook

STATISTICS
Jimmie Johnson - ESPN
Jimmie Johnson - RacingReference.info

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There are THREE race tracks (of 23) the Sprint Cup Series currently races at that #48-Jimmie Johnson has not won a Sprint Cup race at:
Kentucky: 0 for 7 with a best finish of 3rd in 7/2011
Watkins Glen: 0 for 16 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2007 and 8/2012
Chicago: 0 for 16 with a best finish of 2nd in 7/2004, 7/2008 & 9/2012
Johnson also ran five races at Rockingham Speedway and didn't win there, best finish of 2nd in 2003.
(11-19-2017)

Contract Status: Driver: 2020: Sponsor/Lowe's: 2018/leaves; Crew Chief: 2020


Jimmie Johnson getting a new crew chief in 2019: Hendrick Motorsports has named new crew chiefs for the organization's Nos. 24 and 48 NASCAR Cup Series teams, effective at the conclusion of the 2018 racing season. The assignments represent new roles for veterans Chad Knaus and Darian Grubb, along with the return to Hendrick Motorsports of Kevin Meendering. The responsibilities for 2019 include: Knaus will become crew chief for William Byron and the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team with its respective personnel. He currently leads the No. 48 team of Jimmie Johnson. Meendering will become crew chief for Johnson and the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team with its respective personnel. He is currently crew chief of NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff contender Elliott Sadler. Grubb will be promoted to technical director, an executive leadership role supporting Hendrick Motorsports' engineering and vehicle development resources. He is currently crew chief of the No. 24 team with Byron.[More](10-10-2018)

Jimmie Johnson's Homestead scheme unveiled: As the 2018 season comes to a close, the No. 48 Lowe's for Pros Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will harken back to the very beginning of the Lowe's era. In the penultimate race of the year, Jimmie Johnson will drive the very first paint scheme he ever piloted with Lowe's, the "Power of Pride" car.[More](9-20-2018)

Hendrick talking to Lowe's about possible return in limited role UPDATE: Hendrick Motorsports is continuing to try to find sponsorship for its No. 48 Chevy driven by Jimmie Johnson next season, and there are signs emerging that the team has a couple worthwhile leads that are developing.(9-14-2018)
UPDATE: Lowe's says they will not reconsider their decision to step away from the sport next season.[More](9-14-2018)

Johnson's Darlington ride unveiled: The scheme is a black Kobalt Tools ride with white racing stripes. It's the car Johnson piloted to Hendrick Motorsports' 200th NASCAR Cup Series win in 2012 at Darlington.[More](7-31-2018)

Chad Knaus signs extension, remains crew chief for Jimmie Johnson: Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus have celebrated plenty of good times at NASCAR race tracks throughout their 17 years of racing, and the driver and crew chief will continue to work together at least through 2020. Knaus, whose contract with Hendrick Motorsports was set to end following the 2018 season, told ESPN in an interview Saturday that he had inked a new deal in the last couple of weeks to continue working with Johnson on the #48 car as they seek to end their longest winless streak and to capture an eighth NASCAR Cup Series title.[More](7-14-2018)

Jimmie Johnson to wear the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope at Kentucky: Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson will highlight the Jimmie Johnson Foundation this weekend during the Quaker State 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. In addition to wearing the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope, which honors five charities working to improve K-12 public education, a special Jimmie Johnson Foundation (JJF) paint scheme will be featured on his No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet. As a show of support for Johnson's efforts to raise funds for K-12 public education, a number of his NASCAR Cup Series competitors will join him in displaying JJF-branded decals on the visors of their helmets.[More](7-10-2018)

FOX NASCAR bestows 'The Byrnsie Award' on Jimmie Johnson: FOX NASCAR presented seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson with the fourth-annual "The Byrnsie Award" during Sunday's NASCAR RACEDAY pre-race telecast from Sonoma Raceway on FS1. In honor of late FOX NASCAR broadcaster Steve Byrnes, whose nickname was 'Byrnsie,' the award was established to celebrate an individual in the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES who embodies principles Byrnes demonstrated daily in his personal and professional life -- preparation, teamwork and family within the garage area.[More](6-24-2018)

2018 Jimmie Johnson Foundation Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope grant recipients announced: The Jimmie Johnson Foundation announced today the five recipients of this year's $25,000 Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope grants. The Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope program invites fans and consumers across the country to nominate not-for-profit (501c3) organizations that support K-12 public education for the opportunity to receive one of five (5) available grant packages.[More](5-30-2018)

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina extends with Hendrick, Johnson: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC), which has served the people of North Carolina with high-quality health insurance for nearly 85 years, has extended its sponsorship of 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports and star driver Jimmie Johnson through 2018. Blue Cross NC will continue as the Official Health Insurance Provider of Hendrick Motorsports with logo placement on the uniforms of Johnson and his #48 team. In addition, Blue Cross NC will be featured on the #48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 as an associate sponsor during the May and September Cup Series events at Charlotte Motor Speedway. [More](5-18-2018)

Jimmie Johnson optimistic despite winless drought: If it were as simple as good vibes producing great results, Californian Jimmie Johnson is a sure-bet to end a 33-race trophy drought in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism (2 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Dover (Del.) International Raceway this weekend. But it takes more than just positive energy. Yes, Johnson, 42, conceded, he is encouraged by a string of three consecutive top-12 finishes (including a third place at the Bristol, Tenn. half-miler) entering the weekend. [More](5-4-2018)

Amid winless streak, Johnson has reason to be optimistic about Texas and Bristol: He is the defending winner of both races - giving his #48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet team some source of optimism about hitching horsepower to opportunity at these tracks.[More](4-2-2018)

Lowe's will not return to Hendrick in 2019: The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champions #48 Hendrick Motorsports team with driver Jimmie Johnson will have a new primary sponsor beginning next season. Lowe's Companies Inc., which has been the #48 team's only primary sponsor since 2001, will not return to Hendrick Motorsports in 2019.[More](3-14-2018)

NASCAR's most valuable teams and highest paid drivers: Forbes has taken its annual look at the sports biggest moneymakers.[More](2-22-2018)

Doug Douchardt named COO at Chip Ganassi Racing: Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that long-time racing executive Doug Duchardt has been named Chief Operating Officer of the corporation. Duchardt begins the role effective immediately in preparation for the upcoming 2018 seasons while Max Jones is promoted to Managing Director of the team's NASCAR Operation joining Mike Hull, Managing Director of the team's INDYCAR and IMSA Operations. Additionally, a newly formed Corporate Office will include Team Owner and CEO Chip Ganassi, President Steve Lauletta, COO Duchardt, CFO Chuck Gottschalk and Vice President of Human Resources Rob Wilder. The Corporate Office will oversee all of CGR's racing and commercial activities globally.[More](1-3-2018)

Jimmie Johnson Foundation Golf Tournament tops $753,000 in funds raised: [More](10-10-2017)

Hendrick Motorsports unveils 2018 paint schemes: Thursday evening, Hendrick Motorsports ushered in a new era with the reveal of its four primary Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 paint schemes for the 2018 Daytona 500. The thrilling event, held in uptown Charlotte, not only featured all four of the organization's 2018 drivers - Chase Elliott, William Byron, Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman - but also saw Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick, four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon, 14-time most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and 1988 Cup champion Bill Elliott supporting them on stage.[More](10-5-2017)

Hendrick Motorsports 2018 car reveal Thursday at NHOF On Oct. 5 in Charlotte, North Carolina, 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports will reveal the 2018 Daytona 500 primary paint schemes for all four of its Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 teams. It will mark the first time Hendrick Motorsports has unveiled all four of its Daytona 500 cars together and the first official appearance of the team's 2018 driver lineup:
- Chase Elliott and the #9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
- William Byron and the #24 Axalta Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
- Jimmie Johnson and the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
- Alex Bowman and the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
The event is open to fans via the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Information on how fans can attend is available at the NHOF website. The event will also be streamed live on NASCAR.com and the Hendrick Motorsports Facebook page.(Hendrick Motorsports / NASCAR Hall of Fame)[Read More Here](10-3-2017)

Hendrick Motorsports announces several team promotions: Hendrick Motorsports has elevated eight senior leaders into new positions designed to strengthen the 12-time and defending NASCAR Cup Series champions and enhance the team's overall management structure. The eight executives, who will assume their new roles immediately, have more than 150 combined years of service with the organization.[More](8-15-2017)

Jimmie Johnson press conference transcript: Johnson met with the media Friday morning at Michigan International Speedway after announcing a three year contract extension.[More](6-16-2017)

Hendrick Motorsports extends relationships with Johnson and sponsor Lowe's: Hendrick Motorsports and defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson have agreed to a three-year extension that will keep one of the most accomplished drivers in history behind the wheel through 2020. In addition, Lowe's Companies Inc. has extended its longstanding relationship with Hendrick Motorsports after signing an agreement that will continue its full-season, 38-race primary sponsorship of Johnson and the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet SS team through 2018.[More](6-16-2017)

Johnson has Basal Cell Carcinoma removed Seven-time NASCAR Cup Champ #48-Jimmie Johnson, who won the race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, posted via his Twitter this morning that he had Basal Cell Carcinoma cut out of his shoulder.(Jimmie Johnson Twitter)[Red More Here](6-5-2017)

Johnson, Lowe's renewal expected soon: Rick Hendrick said he is ready to announce a new deal with Jimmie Johnson sponsor Lowe's "probably anytime" over the next 3-4 weeks and Nationwide also has indicated a willingness to continue with Hendrick Motorsports after the retirement of Dale Earnhardt Jr. at the end of the season. One sponsor Hendrick doesn't have to worry about is Earnhardt sponsor Axalta, which opened a 36,000-square-foot training and customer service center today on the Hendrick Motorsports campus. Hendrick, whose automobile dealerships use 40,000 gallons of paint a year, said he would discuss 2018 driver options with Axalta leadership later today.[ESPN.com](5-16-2017)

Johnson working on contract extension: #48-Jimmie Johnson was asked about the status of his contract during his media availability on Friday at Auto Club Speedway. "We are always talking and working on the details. We don't have anything ready yet, but I'm sure we will announce before long."[More](3-25-2017)

Forbes ranks NASCAR's most valuable teams: A dozen years ago, few leagues could match the popularity of NASCAR, which boasted record-high viewership and was going toe-to-toe with the NFL. But then few leagues suffered worse during the economic crash.[More](2-23-2017)

Jimmie Johnson is now NASCAR's highest-earning driver: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has been the biggest personality in NASCAR for more than a decade. He's clinched the fans' most popular driver vote for 14 straight years. His merchandise sales lap the competition annually, and he's been the highest-paid driver in the sport for eight straight years. But concussion symptoms caused Earnhardt to miss the final 18 races of the 2016 season and the prize money that comes with it[More](2-23-2017)

Jimmie Johnson Makes History, Wins Record-Tying Seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship: History has been made. Jimmie Johnson captured his record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship with a stirring victory Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, tying NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt atop the all-time list. Sunday's win was Johnson's 80th career victory. To win the 2016 championship, the driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevy outdueled the other Championship 4 drivers #22-Joey Logano (fourth), #18-Kyle Busch (sixth) and #19-Carl Edwards (34th) at Homestead. It was a year of sevens for Johnson, who took over sole possession of seventh place on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series all-time wins list after his win at Auto Club Speedway earlier this season. His wins at Atlanta and Auto Club catapulted him into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Johnson breezed through the first round of the Chase, logging his two highest laps led totals of the season to that point at Chicagoland and Dover. When the Round of 12 rolled around, he added his all-time track-record eighth win at Charlotte, leading a race-high 155 laps on the way to a Round of 8 berth. Johnson was the first to lock up a spot in the Championship 4, winning at Martinsville Speedway for the ninth time. At the age of 41, Johnson becomes the youngest seven-time champion. Petty was 42 when he captured his seventh title in 1979; Earnhardt was 43 in 1994. All seven of Johnson's championships were won under team owner Rick Hendrick and with crew chief Chad Knaus.
Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, captured his record-extending 12th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. Along with Johnson's seven titles, Hendrick has won championships with Jeff Gordon (four) and Terry Labonte (one).
Knaus cemented his legacy as one of the top crew chiefs in NASCAR history with his seventh title, one shy of the all-time record held by NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Inman.
Also on Sunday, #24-Chase Elliott was named Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award.(NASCAR)(11-20-2016)


Jeff Gordon vs. Jimmie Johnson: Even though Jimmie Johnson has been the top driver in NASCAR over the last five years, Jeff Gordon is the winningest active driver and has been the dominant driver over the last 18 seasons. Let's compare the two drivers after their first nine seasons:
Wins: Gordon 58 in 292 races; Johnson 53 in 324 races
Top 5s: Gordon 147 in 292 races; Johnson 134 in 324 races
Top 10s: Gordon 190 in 292 races; Johnson 203 in 324 races
Championships: Gordon (4) last in his ninth season in 2001, Johnson (5).(12-1-2010)

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