CONCORD, N.C. -- Jimmie Johnson was honored by Kansas Speedway in a manner near and dear to him.
The track, in conjunction with Academy Sports + Outdoors, donated 48 bicycles and helmets local children comprised of pediatric patients at the University of Kansas Health System.
Johnson, who is an avid biker and outdoor enthusiast, said he was touched by the gift that will be given to local youth patients who are battling illnesses.
“I’m truly honored by this gift from Kansas Speedway,” Johnson said. “Over my career, I’ve enjoyed so much success on track and have personal ties to the community with the Herzog family. Cycling has become such a passion of mine so thanks to Academy for the bike donation – that will really make a difference. I’ve enjoyed cycling around the Speedway over the years and will miss racing there twice a year. I’m humbled by this gift and appreciative for the support.”
Johnson has three wins, nine top-five finishes and 19 top-10s in 28 starts at the track. The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion raced with Herzog Motorsports during his Xfinity career from 1999-2001 with late team owner William Herzog calling St. Joseph, Missouri, his home and Kansas Speedway his hometown track.
Johnson competed in 69 races with one win in the Xfinity Series before moving on to the Cup Series with Hendrick Motorsports. In Xfinity's first race at Kansas in September 2001, Johnson placed sixth in the event.
“Jimmie Johnson is the epitome of what a sports figure should be about,” said Kansas Speedway president Pat Warren. “He has represented NASCAR with utmost class in everything he did on the track and away from it. Not only did he join two NASCAR legends in winning an astounding seven championships, but he also established a new benchmark for fitness in our sport. We appreciate the support from Academy Sports + Outdoors and The University of Kansas Health System to honor Jimmie in a unique way that will have a meaningful impact in the community.”
Tune in to see Johnson's last race as a full-time driver at Kansas Speedway on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.