Atlanta Names Grandstand In Honor Of Jimmie Johnson

Johnson To Be Atlanta
Atlanta Motor Speedway has renamed one of its grandstands in honor of seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson. (NASCAR photo)

HAMPTON, Ga. – Atlanta Motor Speedway is renaming one of its grandstands to honor the legacy of seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson.

Starting with this weekend’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, what used to be known as the Winners Grandstand will now be the Johnson Grandstand. With the newly christened grandstand, Johnson will join fellow seven-time champions Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt as NASCAR drivers whose legends are immortalized at AMS.

“It takes a great driver to succeed at our track and an even greater one to win a championship, but only the greatest can win seven titles and Jimmie Johnson is undoubtedly one of the greatest,” said AMS Executive Vice President and General Manager Brandon Hutchison.

In addition to having an entire grandstand named in his honor, Johnson will also kick off his final start at Atlanta Motor Speedway as a full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver by giving the command to start engines on Sunday, June 7.

After uttering the most famous words in motorsports, Johnson will seek his sixth career victory at AMS during Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

“It means a ton to me,” Johnson said about having the grandstands named in his honor. “To have my name be on the grandstands there at the speedway, alongside all the other greats, is just super meaningful to me. My final full-time year in Cup is a little different than I imagined; our whole world is different than we imagined with COVID. I know there were other plans to kind of go with the events in Atlanta this weekend that won’t be seen through, but it’s still amazing to have my name on the grandstands there. I’ve seen a few pictures and I can’t wait to see it in person on Sunday.”

The Johnson Grandstand is the 20th and final enhancement come from Atlanta Motor Speedway’s “20 in 20” initiative. All told the Speedway has announced 20 individual enhancements to increase fan value and the overall enjoyment of Atlanta Motor Speedway for years to come.