Six-Time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Suffered Bad Luck at The Glen
Watkins Glen International's tight confines often leaves no room for escape when trouble occurs on the seven-turn, 2.45-mile road course. That is what happened to Jimmie Johnson during yesterday’s NASCAR Road Course Race, the ‘Cheez-It 355’. Johnson paid dearly for an early pit-road speeding penalty that put him in the back of the field.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. got loose going through Turn Five and spun nose-first into the guardrail. Then his car careened back onto the track directly in front of Jimmie Johnson. Johnson collided with Stenhouse's No. 17 Ford. In the ensuing four car pileup, Johnson was collected and his car sustained significant damage.
"The cars started checking up in front of me and they all moved out of the way and the No. 17 was sitting there, stopped," Johnson said. "I remember seeing a door number and I was so thankful it was the passenger-side door and not the driver-side door because I plowed him. I really hit the car hard. I was afraid that I might have injured him. Thankfully he's okay and everybody is all right."
Johnson who has four top-fives, eight top-tens; and one pole started the race from thirteenth on the grid. He brought his #48 Chevrolet home in last place. While his last place finish at Watkins represented Johnson's fourth DNF for a crash in the past nine races - watch out for the #48 in the chase!
On a more positive note, Jimmie Johnson wore the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope during the race. The helmet featured five charities working to improve K-12 public education. Additionally, his No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet featured a special Jimmie Johnson Foundation 10th Anniversary paint scheme.
"I am proud to highlight the great work of these charities on my Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope this weekend," Johnson said. "Because of the generosity of our amazing partners, Chandra and I have been able to support some incredible schools and non-profits in the 10 years since we launched the Foundation. We'd like to thank Lowe's for allowing us to run the Foundation paint scheme for the eleventh time and Blue Bunny for sponsoring the Helmet of Hope program again this year. We are so grateful."
Thank you for supporting @TeamJJF, 10 years and almost $9mm raised. #Grateful pic.twitter.com/n8w0ul7LAD— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) August 8, 2016
2016 Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope Grant Recipients!
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- Carlos Gilbert Elementary Parents! Teachers! Kids! (Santa Fe, NM)
- Change for Kids (New York, NY)
- Inside the Outdoors Foundation (Costa Mesa, CA)
- Mercy Child Advocacy Center (Sioux City, IA)
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