Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 car will continue to wear Lowe's Companies Inc. as a primary sponsor through 2015. Lowe's announced the two-year agreement to store managers at a national sales meeting on Wednesday. The relationship between Lowe's and Hendrick Motorsports is now in its 12th full season.
"It has been a great ride with Jimmie since he started in the Cup Series 12 years ago," said Tom Lamb, Lowe's chief marketing officer. "We are proud to sponsor one of the most elite teams and drivers in racing and have a five-time champion carry the Lowe's brand each week."?
Johnson most recently claimed his second Daytona 500 win, and has never finished lower than sixth since his first full-time Sprint Cup season in 2002. Daytona also marked Johnson's 400th Cup race, making him the only driver other than Jeff Gordon to have the same primary sponsor for that many starts.
"Lowe's believed in me before I had any success," Johnson said. "They are all I've ever known in my Sprint Cup career, and their support of me and the No. 48 team is second to none in the sport. We've been together for this crazy ride, and I'm so happy we're continuing it together. They truly are family, and I'm proud to represent them."?
Johnson's contract with Hendrick Motorsports is also through 2015.
"We caught lightning in a bottle with this combination," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "Jimmie and Chad have been successful because they always have a plan and do a great job executing. Lowe's is the same way as a sponsor. The partnership has been incredible, and we're looking forward to working together for many more years."?
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