LONG POND, Pa. - Reigning Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson is finally going to get his White House visit for winning the 2009 title but hes going to have company.
The White House press secretarys office announced late Friday that President Barack Obama will host a gathering Monday afternoon on the South Portico of the White House with Johnson, all the members of last years Chase for the Sprint Cup field as well as some former series champions, including Dale Jarrett and Darrell Waltrip.
Also on hand for the 4:30 p.m. meeting will be one of Johnsons No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolets.
Its a big honor for our sport to go to the White House. With the way things have changed in the automotive industry, I think it will be good to go up and be face-to-face with the president and let him see the personalities and understand that were real people and a real sport, said Johnson.
Hopefully, well have a chance to express the importance of racing, not that were going up there to politic for anything. Obviously with the president being who he is and all the boundaries that were knocked down through this election, its a good day for NASCAR and us as individuals to go up and experience this.
Typically, the Cup series champion gets a visit to the White House but Johnsons visit had been delayed by Obamas transition after winning election last November.