With 13 days to go before its grand opening, the NASCAR Hall of Fame in downtown Charlotte, N.C., announced four prominent historic items to be on display at the 150,000sqft, interactive, entertainment attraction – Jimmie Johnson's four Cup Series trophies. The reigning four-time Cup Series champion has loaned his four personal trophies to the venue for six months.
"The NASCAR Hall of Fame is going to have so many cool things, showing the history of our sport. I was definitely humbled that they asked for something of mine to display," Johnson said. "It's an honor for me and the whole No. 48 team. I hope fans appreciate seeing the trophies up close. I know how special they are to me, and I've certainly enjoyed seeing them the past four years."
The Hall of Fame will bring NASCAR's history to life and preserve that history in the appropriate environments. The facility will allow fans to have the opportunity to relive the sport's greatest moments.
"To showcase all four of Jimmie's personal trophies emphasizes the importance of the NASCAR Hall of Fame for the veterans of the sport and the history-makers of today," said Winston Kelley, executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. "These trophies represent his back-to-back championships and are iconic to this new era of NASCAR racing. We are honored to show these to the public.
"We initially requested Jimmie's 2009 championship trophy to display, and Jimmie graciously offered to loan us all four. Of course, we were thrilled. His offer really illustrates how supportive the sport has been of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We sincerely appreciate Jimmie and all the other members of the NASCAR community for their generosity and support."
The driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet began his storied run to four championships in 2006. Since that time, Johnson and team have recorded 32 wins, 69 top-five finishes and 100 top-10s, most notably winning the Daytona 500, Brickyard 400 and Sprint All-Star Race.
In total, Johnson has tallied 50 wins, 122 top fives and 186 top 10s. Among active drivers, he is second in total wins, 32 wins behind car owner Jeff Gordon (82). Johnson has won at least one Cup Series race at all but five (Michigan, Infineon, Chicago, Watkins Glen and Homestead) of the 22 tracks on which the series competes.
The El Cajon, Calif.-native is currently tied with two-time Cup champion Ned Jarrett and NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Junior Johnson for 10th on NASCAR's all-time win list. In addition, the four consecutive wins scored by the No. 48 team in the 2007 Chase ties a modern-era NASCAR record.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame opens to the public May 11 at 10 a.m. ET. The opening ceremony for the high-tech, interactive attraction begins at 9 a.m. ET. The one-hour ceremony will culminate with NASCAR celebrities, elected officials and other dignitaries officially opening the venue.