Thursday, July 23, 2009

Race Fans Have Opportunity To Own Jimmie Johnson's Custom Designed MOMO Wheel From the Brickyard


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 14, 2009) - A piece of Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 Lowe's Impala SS from the upcoming Allstate 400 at the Brickyard will be made available through a special eBay auction with the funds benefiting the Jimmie Johnson Foundation.

A race-used, custom-designed MOMO steering wheel which Johnson will run in the July 26th race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be available on ebay.com/jimmiejohnsonfoundation beginning Thursday, July 23 and running through Sunday, August 2.

“We are honored that MOMO wanted to partner with us on this special wheel,” said Johnson. “I don’t usually give up many of my race used items so I hope the fans enjoy this opportunity to have a part of my car from one of the biggest races of the season. If it’s like last year, the wheel may have a little Gatorade on it from Victory Lane.”

MOMO custom designed this JJF steering wheel for Johnson and generously donated it to the foundation to help with the organization’s efforts to assist those in need. The wheel features the JJF logo embroidered on the center pad and the embossed MOMO logo and the embroidered No. 48 logo on the 6 o’clock spoke. The wheel is covered with MOMO’s trademark racing suede and has been dyed blue for this special initiative.

"To be involved with this project and to have the opportunity to contribute a very exclusive, custom and handmade steering wheel for the benefit of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation is not only a privilege but an honor for our company,” said Marc Phaneuf President MOMO Automotive Accessories Inc. “We encourage people to bid and bid high because of what the Jimmie Johnson Foundation represents and does for the community. Secondly, this will be your chance to own this very exclusive, one of its kind part off of Jimmie’s race car.”

About the Jimmie Johnson Foundation
Chandra and Jimmie Johnson launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006. Johnson, the three- time reigning Sprint Cup champion, drives the No. 48 Lowe’s Impala SS in NASCAR’s top series. The mission of the foundation is to assist children, families, and communities in need throughout the United States. The foundation has committed more than $2 million to various charities. For additional 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 $315,000 for the foundation. Past items have included a meet and greet with Jimmie Johnson, an autographed Jimmie Johnson helmet, and lunch and a tour of the 24/48 shop with crew chief Chad Knaus. To bid on unique memorabilia, visit www.ebay.com/jimmiejohnsonfoundation.

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