From "Dancing with the Stars" to "Dancing with the Cars": Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson Named Honorary Race Official for the 50th Coca-Cola 600
As a world champion gymnast, celebrity dancer and honor roll student, Shawn Johnson is used to living life in the fast lane, but things will get much faster this weekend when she is introduced to the world of NASCAR.
Johnson has been named an Honorary Race Official for one of NASCAR®'s crown jewels, the Coca-Cola 600. Johnson will be on hand to help celebrate the historic 50th running of NASCAR's longest race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 24
(5:00 p.m. EST on FOX).
The 17-year-old Johnson won four medals at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, then came home and won America's heart as the youngest-ever winner of the popular ABC television show "Dancing with the Stars." As an Honorary Race Official for the Coca-Cola 600, Johnson will take part in a number of activities, including interacting with fans, attending the driver's meeting and greeting all of the drivers during pre-race introductions.
During weekend events, Johnson will get a true NASCAR® experience when she climbs into an actual race car for a 160 mph ride-along with fan favorite and Coca-Cola Racing Family member Kyle Petty. She'll also tour the garage at Charlotte Motor Speedway where she'll try her hand at typical pit crew jobs such as jacking a car, working an air wrench and changing tires.
Johnson has been featured on Olympic-themed packaging as one of the Coca-Cola "Six-Pack" of Olympic Athletes. She also serves as a Coca-Cola "Ambassador of Active Living" to help encourage and inspire people to lead active, balanced lives.
The Coca-Cola 600 is the longest continuous race sponsorship in NASCARâ. Coca-Cola is the Official Sparkling Beverage of NASCARâ and has been involved with stock car racing for more than 40 years. A signature part of Coca-Cola's innovative NASCARâ program is the Coca-Cola Racing Family - a group of top drivers that includes Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Jamie McMurray, Kyle Petty, David Ragan, Elliott Sadler, Tony Stewart, Michael Waltrip, Aric Almirola and Joey Logano.
About The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with nearly 500 sparkling and still brands. Along with Coca-Cola, recognized as the world's most valuable brand, the Company's portfolio includes 12 other billion dollar brands, including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, POWERADE, Minute Maid and Georgia Coffee. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, juices and juice drinks and ready-to-drink teas and coffees. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the Company's beverages at a rate of nearly 1.6 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that protect the environment, conserve resources and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. For more information about our Company, please visit our Web site at www.thecoca-colacompany.com.