It was rumored a couple of weeks ago that Lowe's, the home improvement store that has sponsored five time champion Jimmie Johnson since 2002, would scale back to a limited schedule on the #48 Chevrolet starting in 2014. Those rumors were put to bed today as Lowe's announced that they would continue to sponsor the now two time Daytona 500 winner for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Johnson is proud to have Lowe's back for two more seasons.
"They are all I've ever known in my Sprint Cup career, and their support of me and the #48 team is second to none in the sport. We've been together for this crazy ride, and I'm so happy we're continuing it together. They truly are family, and I'm proud to represent them," said the five time champion Johnson.
Together Johnson and Lowe's have won 61 races in the 12 years Johnson has been in Sprint Cup including most recently the 2013 Daytona 500. The win in the 500 gave Johnson and his team a win in 12 consecutive seasons. Something team owner Rick Hendrick is impressed with and expects the success to continue.
"We caught lightning in a bottle with this combination," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "Jimmie and Chad have been successful because they always have a plan and do a great job executing. Lowe's is the same way as a sponsor. The partnership has been incredible, and we're looking forward to working together for many more years.
Lowe's is excited about the extension as well.
"It has been a great ride with Jimmie since he started in the Cup Series 12 years ago," said Tom Lamb, Lowe's chief marketing officer. "We are proud to sponsor one of the most elite teams and drivers in racing and have a five-time champion carry the Lowe's brand each week."
Johnson, the #48 and Lowe's is one of the most recognizable cars in the garage area and that will continue for at least two more seasons.
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