Delaware General Assembly declares May 15, 2011, 'Jimmie Johnson Day'
DOVER, Del. – Though he is a native of El Cajon, Calif., and currently lives in Charlotte, it appears as if Jimmie Johnson has found himself yet another home here in the First State.
Based on his extensive success at Delaware’s NASCAR track, Dover International Speedway, as well as the charitable work done nationwide by the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, the 146th Delaware General Assembly, in a joint resolution from the House and Senate, declared in Senate Joint Resolution No. 2 that Sunday, May 15, 2011, will be known as “Jimmie Johnson Day.”
Johnson’s day coincides with the return of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to the Monster Mile on the final day of the May 13-15, 2011 race weekend, as he and the rest of the Sprint Cup field will compete in the Cup event. The Hendrick Motorsports driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet will be aiming for his second straight win at Dover, and seventh overall at the track.
A victory would put Johnson, the five-time defending Cup champion, in elite company with NASCAR Hall of Fame members Richard Petty and Bobby Allison, the only drivers to ever win seven times at the Monster Mile.
“Jimmie Johnson serves as a tremendous ambassador for NASCAR and his success at Dover International Speedway makes him very deserving of this honor,” said Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. “With the success he’s had and the potential that lays ahead, Johnson may go down as the greatest NASCAR driver of all time.”
The resolution, authored by Sen. Bruce Ennis (D-Smyrna), and co-sponsored by Sen. Brian Bushweller (D-Dover), Rep. William Carson (D-Smyrna) and Rep. Darryl Scott (D-Dover), lauds Johnson’s athletic achievements, including his five consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titles, and dedication to community service off the track, and “urges the people of the State of Delaware to observe the day with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities.”
Special attention is drawn to the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, which has contributed more than $4.1 million to a number of organizations since 2006, when it was founded with the “mission to assist children, families and communities in need throughout the United States.”
Tickets for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, as well as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series races are available by calling 800-441-RACE or visiting DoverSpeedway.com.