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Jimmie Johnson Named SPEED Performer of the Year

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 9, 2007) - NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson was named the inaugural SPEED Performer of the Year, edging out MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden and F1 title winner Fernando Alonso for the top award on last night’s SPEED Performance Awards television special.

“It was a phenomenal year, and this is quite a surprise,” Johnson said after Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon presented him with the Mario Andretti Trophy. “It’s quite an honor … we won a lot of big events and I had an amazing year with the NEXTEL Cup car.”

“He had an amazing year this past year, but his past three or four years in the Cup Series have been pretty phenomenal and I’ve been able to see it first-hand as his teammate,” Gordon said during the presentation.

The SPEED Performance Awards, hosted by Patrick Dempsey and Tommy Kendall, will re-air Saturday at 8 p.m. ET and Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET.

SPEED is the nation’s first and foremost cable television network dedicated to motor sports and the passion for everything automotive. From racing to restoration, motorcycles to movies, SPEED delivers quality programming from the track to the garage.

Now available in more than 74 million homes in North America, SPEED is among the fastest-growing sports cable networks in the country, the home to NASCAR on SPEED and an industry leader in interactive TV, video on demand, mobile initiatives and broadband services.