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Jimmie Johnson’s Car Problems and Charity: NASCAR Fan View
After earning tenth place at the Auto Club 400 race on March 25, Jimmie Johnson has continued to focus on his charity. In Fontana, Calif., his No. 48 Chevrolet had an oil cooler problem that caused leaking oil and smoke. However, he still managed to complete the race and has returned to promote his Helmet of Hope charity program.
Problems at the Auto Club 400
On his official Twitter account, Jimmie Johnson has joked about the oil cooler problems he experienced at the Auto Club 400 on March 25. Johnson wrote, "Anyone have a few quarts of oil I can borrow?" The response he received was "You can squeegee it off all the cars behind you!" Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet also produced a lot of smoke on the track, and the Casey Mears account pointed out, "Thought you were smoking a pig under the hood!" Johnson was still able to end the race in tenth place.
Helmet of Hope
The Auto Club 400 race is not the only thing on Jimmie Johnson's mind. He has been busy promoting and retweeting information about the Helmet of Hope program. It is part of his Jimmie Johnson Foundation, and this is the fifth year that the campaign is accepting nominations for charities. The winners will be featured on Johnson's helmet and receive $10,000.
Blue Bunny Ice Cream
Johnson has also secured Blue Bunny ice cream as the official sponsor for Helmet of Hope. Although his foundation has always contributed to various charities, the latest round of promotions is also an attempt to get positive publicity after the NASCAR appeal. Despite having most of the penalties rescinded by John Middlebrook, Chad Knaus and Jimmie Johnsons are still receiving negative reactions from fans.
The Jimmie Johnson Foundation has also been promoting the new paint scheme for the No. 48 Chevrolet and encouraging fans to purchase the diecast. It seems that the foundation has already convinced several fans to preorder. Lowe's has been clarifying that a "portion of [the] sales" goes to the Jimmie Johnson Foundation. An announcement has not been made about including commemorative quarts of oil for fans after the Auto Club 400.
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Growing up in Indiana, Lana developed a love for motorsports at an early age. She follows NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One. Follow @Lana_Bandoim on Twitter.
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