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Team Lowe's Racing Crew to Assist Benny Parsons Museum

CONCORD, N.C. (May 18, 2007)  Lowe’s, Hendrick Motorsports and the Jimmie Johnson Foundation announced today a special online auction of the No. 48 team’s actual pit crew uniforms. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Benny Parsons Museum.

Crew chief Chad Knaus and the team’s seven over-the-wall pit crew members said they agreed to donate the uniforms worn in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races as a mark of respect for the late Parsons.

“Benny was always a big supporter of the crew members in the garage,” said Knaus. “This is something the guys wanted to do. They came up with the idea of auctioning off their crew uniforms.

“Believe me, those uniforms are very special to the guys and not something that we normally make available, but Benny was a special person who meant a lot to this sport. I think this gesture by the guys proves that, and we hope it helps with the building of his museum.”

Each uniform will be signed by the donating crew member, as well as Knaus and defending NEXTEL Cup champion Jimmie Johnson. The over-the-wall crew members include jackman Chris Anderson, front-tire carrier Art Simmons, front-tire changer Mike Trower, rear-tire carrier Ron Malec, rear-tire changer Tim Ladyga, gasman Rich Gutierrez and catch-can man Mike Knauer.

The first chance to bid begins Friday, May 18. Each uniform will be posted separately in a series of 10-day auctions. The final uniform will be posted on Friday, July 6.  For more information or to place a bid, visit www.ebay.com/jimmiejohnsonfoundation.

Parsons passed away Jan. 16 from complications resulting from treatments for lung cancer. His wife Terri is currently raising funds for a museum in his honor at Rendezvous Ridge near North Wilkesboro, N.C. For more information on Benny Parsons, visit www.BennyParsons.com.

About the Jimmie Johnson Foundation:

Chandra and Jimmie Johnson created the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006.  Jimmie Johnson drives the No. 48 Lowes Chevrolet in NASCARs top series, the NEXTEL Cup.  He is the current NEXTEL Cup champion.  The mission of the foundation is to assist children, families, and communities in need throughout the United States.  For more information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, please visit www.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org.

About the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Online Charity Auction:

Chandra and Jimmie Johnson launched the online charity auction site in conjunction with the creation of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006.  The site has raised more than $150,000 for the foundation.  Past items have included a meet and greet with Jimmie Johnson, an autographed Jimmie Johnson helmet, lunch and a tour of the 24/48 shop with crew chief Chad Knaus, and a meet and greet with Major League Baseball player Marcus Giles.  To bid on unique memorabilia, visit www.ebay.com/jimmiejohnsonfoundation.


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