At Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday, reigning and six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson unveiled his helmet, featuring the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope design, he’ll wear the entire Indianapolis Motor Speedway race weekend, culminating in Sunday’s running of the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard, more commonly known as the Brickyard 400.
“The helmet looks phenommenal,” Johnson said.
The helmet design features the five winners of the 2014 Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope, voted on by fans to receive funds from Blue Bunny and the Jimmie Johnson Foundation. After a total of approximately 438,658 votes were cast for 10 semi-finalists, Crayons to Classrooms, Champions for Learning, HEART Tutoring, Le Mars Community Schools Foundation and Reading Partners came out as the winners. Those five non-profit organizations are, as a result, featured on Johnson’s helmet for Indianapolis and will each reace a $25,000 grand and a Blue Bunny ice cream party.
“The five winners are each very deserving organizations,” Johnson said. “I will wear their logos with pride. (Wife) Chandra and I are very proud of the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope program. The partnership with Blue Bunny enables us to support some great organizations that assist K-12 public education. We are very grateful.”
To date, the Helmet of Hope program has awarded over $560,000 to 71 different charities. Meanwhile, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation has committed more than $6.7 million to various charities, focusing primarily on public education.