Photo shoot, charity roast part of Day 3 during Champion's Week
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2009) – Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, took part in the traditional Landmark Photo Shoot on Wednesday, hitting a number of recognizable spots along the famed Las Vegas strip. One of those spots was the replica New York City skyline that makes up the New York New York Hotel & Casino.
Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus also took photos outside the Bellagio hotel and the famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign at the very end of the strip. Click here for photos from the Johnson’s third day.
At the sign, which was the champion’s last stop on the photo shoot, Johnson took photos with fans and signed autographs. Miss Sprint Cup Monica Palumbo also joined the champions for the photo.
Johnson’s day didn’t end there. After the photos were taken, he dashed to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where his fellow competitors got a little payback for four years of domination.
The track hosted a Charity Roast of Johnson, with all 12 Chase drivers in attendance – and none held back.
Said Kurt Busch: “I figured out a new Chase format. Every Chase race, we pull out of a hat who gets to have Chad Knaus as their crew chief. Because it’s certainly not your talent that wins you all these championships.”
Said fellow four-time champion and teammate Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet: “Man, you’ve won four straight championships. I used to be the man. Now you got me on everything. At least my eyebrows are better than yours.”
Said Hendrick Motorsports teammate and 2009 championship runner-up Mark Martin, driver of the No. 5 Kellogg’s/CARQUEST Chevrolet: “Jimmie has gotten a lot better looking. As a kid he was ugly. He was so ugly that he had to trick-or-treat by telephone.”
The at-track activities began early with the Chasers for Charity Fanfest at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Neon Garage. It was a free-admission party for fans, featuring music, food and a Q&A hosted by ESPN’s Jamie Little.
The roast, held in the track’s Blackjack Club, benefitted Speedway Children’s Charities. The event was shown on closed-circuit television in the Neon Garage.