Johnson makes history, Captures fourth consecutive Sprint Cup title
Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson made history on Sunday by capturing his fourth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. For the fourth year in a row, he powered his No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet to the highest level in NASCAR competition with Quaker State racing oil under the hood.
"Four consecutive wins for Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports is an incredible feat that the Quaker State team is proud to be a part of," said Luis Guimaraes, general manager, Americas, Shell Lubricants. "Quaker State congratulates Jimmie Johnson on the win and is honored to provide his engines with the oil that helped him be the first to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship finish line. The brand is thrilled to have Quaker State racing oil in each of the top three drivers' engines and looks forward to keeping the winning tradition alive."
Johnson earned his record-setting title by dominating the season especially in the final 10 races. Throughout the 36-race schedule, the four-time champion captured 7 wins, 17 top-five and 25 top-10 finishes. He also claimed 6 poles. Johnson and the No. 48 team proved each week they arrived at the track that they were a contender for the title.
"Success for four straight championships doesn't come without the support of an outstanding team," said Johnson. "I'm very proud of what our team, with the assistance of our technical partners, has been able to accomplish with the No. 48 car."
In the 14 years since the sponsorship was initiated, the Quaker State relationship with Hendrick has grown into a championship-winning technical team. Quaker State engineers work diligently with Hendrick Motorsports throughout the season to analyze and adjust motor oil formulations to help achieve optimal engine performance. With Quaker State racing oil under the hood, Hendrick Motorsports has also captured 140 of its 188 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ("NSCS") wins; eight of its nine NSCS championships; one NASCAR Nationwide Series championship and three NASCAR Truck Series championships. Add to that the four wins from first-year NSCS team Stewart-Haas Racing, and it is obvious that Quaker State racing oil has the durability to help professional race teams win races and championships.
"We owe so much of our success to partners like Quaker State," said team owner Rick Hendrick. "The technical expertise they bring to Hendrick Motorsports is tremendous, and we're extremely proud of what we've accomplished, both on and off the track, throughout this relationship. Not only is Quaker State the motor oil that our race cars depend on, it's the oil we pour in the more than 60 Hendrick Automotive Group dealerships across the country."