By completing all 312 laps in Sunday's Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, Winston Cup driver Jimmie Johnson raised $14,976 for the American Red Cross' California wildfire relief efforts.

That, coupled with Lowe's initial donation of $100,000 on Saturday, brings the weekend total to nearly $115,000 ($100,000 + [$48 x 312] = $114,976).

"As a Southern California native, this disaster hits close to home, and 'Racing for Relief' allows me the opportunity to pitch in and lend a hand," said Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet and member of the American Red Cross' National Celebrity Cabinet.

"I'm glad I could do my part this weekend to support the Red Cross and the people that are affected by the wildfires."

In addition to the efforts on the track, Lowe's activated an American Red Cross Customer Donation Program at 62 Lowe's stores in California and Arizona this week, allowing customers to donate money to the relief effort at the register. Lowe's will match the customer donation up $25,000.

This is the second time in six weeks that Johnson and Lowe's have supported the American Red Cross through the "Racing for Relief" program. In the September race at Dover International Speedway, Johnson drove in support of the hurricane Isabel relief effort, raising nearly $70,000 during the weekend.

Since the "Racing for Relief" program was introduced in April 2000, Lowe's has raised more than $341,000 to assist in relief efforts for natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and wildfires.



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