Jimmie Johnson will never know how many autographs he handed out during his NASCAR Cup Series Racing career, but he knows how many names will be on his No. 49 Ally Chevrolet Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 come the No. 1 race weekend at Martinvsille.
A unique paint scheme (OK, we know it’s a wrap) featuring signatures of 10,000 fans, courtesy of sponsor Ally Financial Inc., will adorn his car for the Nov. 1 race.
As part of Friday’s livery announcement, Ally also awarded Johnson a $70,000 as a donation to the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, representing $10,000 for each of his Cup titles. According to Ally, the funds will help seed grants to address inequities affecting Black and Brown communities.
“We knew the best way to honor Jimmie and recognize all that he’s meant to racing was to lift up the things that matter to him the most: the fans, kids and his local communities,” said Andrea Brimmer, chief marketing and public relations officer for Ally, in a press statement.
Those who submitted signatures can go to the website www.SignForJimmie.com and see an where their own autograph ended up on the car using interactive animation. Additional signatures will be featured on a race-day pit wall banner at Martinsville, where seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Johnson has nine Cup wins.
“Ally has been such a great partner and to bring in 10,000 fans to ride along with me and to give that support for my final Martinsville race is going to be really meaningful,” Johnson said. “And it’s 10,000 more reasons why we need to get to victory lane, so I’m excited about that.”
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