|Jimmie Johnson will be available to members of the media on Friday, March 16, at 10:30 a.m. local time at the Auto Club Speedway media center.
PUTTING THE ‘ALL’ IN ALL-TIME: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s for Pros Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, leads drivers in almost every category at Auto Club Speedway. In 23 starts at the track, Johnson is the all-time leader in wins (six), runner-up results (five), top-five finishes (12), top-10s (16), laps led (980), average finish (7.13) and lead lap-finishes (23).
ABOVE AVERAGE: Johnson’s average finish of 7.13 at Fontana is his personal best at any racetrack on the Cup Series circuit. It is followed by Martinsville (7.69), Texas (8.76), Dover (9.06) and Chicagoland (9.38).
1,000 LAPS LED CLUB: There are four tracks on the NASCAR Cup Series circuit where Johnson has led more than 1,000 laps – Dover (3,105), Martinsville (2,862), Charlotte (1,930) and Texas (1,041). Johnson is just 20 laps shy of adding ACS to that list.
‘SUPER’ WIN: Johnson’s last win at ACS came on March 20, 2016, in the Lowe’s “Superman” Chevrolet. Johnson started 19th, led 25 laps and asked for his “red cape” as he crossed the stripe for his sixth career win at the track. Later that season he scored his record-tying seventh NASCAR Cup Series championship.
CALIFORNIA KID: Johnson grew up roughly 116 miles south of the Fontana, California, speedway in El Cajon, California, just outside of San Diego. Johnson started racing mini-motorcycles up and down the West Coast at age four. He graduated from Granite Hills High School in 1993, where he was a varsity water polo player.
FIRST-TIME WINNER AT FONTANA: The only drivers to ever win their first race as rookies at ACS drove for Hendrick Motorsports. Johnson scored his first win in just his 13th career start on April 28, 2002, at the track. Former teammate Kyle Busch was the other driver who scored his first win during his rookie season at the venue in 2005.
NEXT UP, 84: Johnson’s next trip to Victory Lane will be his 84th points-paying NASCAR Cup Series win. He secured his 83rd in June 2017 to tie NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough for sixth on the all-time wins list. An 84th win would tie Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison for fourth all-time. Johnson is currently 10 wins behind former teammate Jeff Gordon, who has 93 victories and is third on the list. Johnson has the most wins of all active drivers and No. 48 team crew chief Chad Knaus has the most wins of all active crew chiefs with 81.
TEAM JJF AND SAN DIEGO: Johnson and wife Chandra started the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in 2006. To date, more than $11 million has been contributed to various organizations. The foundation currently focuses on funding K-12 public education, primarily through the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Champions Grant program. Many past Champions Grants have been awarded to schools located in the El Cajon/San Diego area. The Johnsons also have worked closely with the San Diego Habitat for Humanity chapter and partner Lowe’s to build eight homes for residents on Foundation Lane in El Cajon.