HELMET OF HOPECONCORD, N.C. – Two more charities have been selected to be featured on Jimmie’s race helmet at Auto Club Speedway in August as part of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Helmet of Hope initiative. The latest winners are STEP, Inc. (Rocky Mount, Va.) and the American Diabetes Association (Alexandria, Va.).

These are the 3rd and 4th charities to be selected for the Helmet of Hope Initiative. In conjunction with the Jimmie Johnson Foundation’s second-annual Golf Tournament in San Diego, Calif., race fans and media members nationwide have the opportunity to participate in the Helmet of Hope initiative, allowing them the chance to nominate charities which they feel should be featured on the helmet.

NASCAR Scene’s Kenny Bruce nominated STEP, Inc., an organization that provides “exceptional services for people seeking to improve their quality of life through community, economic, personal, and family development.” In nominating this organization, Bruce says he “applauds the wide-ranging reach of the program which seeks to help young and old.” For more information, visitwww.stepinc.com.

Amy Thurman of Ooltewah, Tennessee chose the American Diabetes Society, whose mission is “to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.” Thurman says her father was diagnosed with the disease and despite exercising, eating right and taking his medications, passed away. She says, “I miss my daddy so much and would give anything to be able to sit at home on Sunday afternoons with him watching the No. 48 win another race.” For more information on this organization, visit www.diabetes.org.

Fans can nominate their charity by clicking here (link to the Helmet of Hope Submission Form) 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.