HELMET OF HOPECONCORD, N.C. – Breakthrough Manchester (Manchester, N.H.) and Monarch (Albemarle, N.C.) are the first of 12 charities that will be featured on Jimmie Johnson’s race helmet for the Sprint Cup event at Auto Club Speedway in August.

Jimmie and Chandra Johnson announced in New Hampshire that in conjunction with the Jimmie Johnson Foundation’s 2nd-Annual Golf Tournament in San Diego , CA, race fans and media members would have the opportunity to participate in the Helmet of Hope initiative, allowing them the opportunity to nominate charities which they feel should be featured on the helmet.

Johnson drew the first two winners during last weekend’s Daytona International Speedway race festivities.

Kevin Provencher, staff sports writer for the New Hampshire Union Leader, nominated Breakthrough Manchester (formerly known as Summerbridge), an “academic enrichment program helping youth reach their lofty goals.” He calls the organization “a priceless asset to the city of Manchester.” For more information on this organization, visit http://www.breakthroughmanchester.org/.

Pamela Johnson of Polkton, N.C. nominated Monarch, an organization “committed to supporting, educating and empowering people with disabilities to choose and achieve what is important to them.” In nominating this organization, Ms. Johnson says, “my son Jim is just one of the people Monarch has and continues to support every day.” For more information, visit http://www.monarchnc.org/.

Fans can nominate their charity by clicking here and explaining why their organization should be chosen.

Johnson will draw two charities each race weekend through the Michigan event in August. For more information, please contact Mary Barr, Jimmie Johnson Foundation,mbarr@jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org or 704.453.2897.