Jimmie Johnson's Victory Lanes Bowling Alley Opens at VJGC
- Mar 29, 2007
- 48 Team
RANDLEMAN, N.C. (March 29, 2007) – Jimmie and Chandra Johnson unveiled Jimmie Johnson’s Victory Lanes at the Victory Junction Gang Camp today, the first major initiative for the Jimmie Johnson Foundation.
Just a year after announcing the formation of the foundation, the Johnson’s joined Pattie and Kyle Petty, Lynda and Richard Petty, and the campers of Victory Junction to bowl the inaugural frames at the 5,100-square-foot bowling alley.
“It was exciting to finally see the building. It looks incredible,” said Jimmie Johnson, co-founder of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet. “This project is what the foundation is all about. Through the bowling alley, we will be able to help some very special children have a little fun.”
The colorfully decorated bowling alley is complete with four lanes, a shoe counter, an arcade area, and a one-of-a-kind light show that enables campers to go “retro” bowling at night.
The QubicaAMF lanes have space themed-masking and a cutting-edge string pin setting design. The building is complete with a replica of Johnson’s No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet on the roof.
“It was amazing to be a part of the entire design process,” added Chandra Johnson, co-founder of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation. “This was a great partnership between the foundation and the camp. It was definitely thrilling to bowl the first frame.”
During the Grand Opening, Jimmie, Chandra, Kyle, and Pattie were paired with a Victory Junction camper that created an impromptu “bowl off” between the Johnsons and the Pettys.
“It’s an honor that Jimmie and Chandra (Johnson) first thought about the camp when they began their foundation,” said Kyle Petty, co-founder of Victory Junction. “One of the first things they did was begin plans for the Jimmie Johnson Victory Lanes bowling alley and we’re humbled by that.
“It’s hard to find anyone or any child who doesn’t like to bowl. For some, it will be the first opportunity to do something like this.
“I think when they see how much fun the children are having it’s going to mean a lot to them. They are wonderful people for doing this. We’re very thankful for their contribution to the Victory Junction Camp. The Jimmie Johnson Victory Lanes bowling alley will be another great benefit for kids at camp.”
The Jimmie Johnson Foundation committed $600,000 to fund the construction of the bowling alley. To date, it has raised $425,000 towards its goal through the support of corporate partners such as Lowe’s, Levi Strauss Signature, and Chevrolet, as well as from fans purchasing collectible Victory Lanes coins and various items on the foundation’s eBay Giving Works site.
The foundation plans to finish the fundraising campaign with a new League of Champions program, a donor recognition wall in the bowling alley for donations of $5,000 or more towards the project.
About the Jimmie Johnson Foundation
Chandra and Jimmie Johnson announced the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006. Jimmie Johnson drives the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet in NASCAR’s top series, the Nextel Cup. He is the current NASCAR Nextel Cup Champion. The foundation is dedicated to assisting children, families, and communities in need throughout the United States. For more information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, please visit www.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org.
About Victory Junction Gang Camp
The mission of the Victory Junction Gang Camp is to enrich the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun, and empowering, in a safe and medically sound environment. Founded by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his wife Pattie in honor of their late son Adam, the Victory Junction Gang Camp is a year-round facility serving children, age 7 to 15. Each summer, children suffering from similar medical conditions including heart, lung and kidney disease, spina bifida, HIV, cancer, burn survivors, neurological disorders, and a host of others, gather to kick back, relax and have some fun. The camp offers traditional activities, including horseback riding, boating and fishing, arts and crafts and others, as well as NASCAR related program areas.
The Victory Junction Gang Camp is a member of the Association of Hole in the Wall Gang Camps and is free to children and their families. The camp operates solely on the generous donations of individuals, corporations and foundation. For more information, visit www.victoryjunction.org.