Jimmie Johnson may burn up racetracks, but not high school football fields (video)

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Nothing goes hand-in-hand more with high school football than … Jimmie Johnson and NASCAR?

Yep, at least that’s what happened when Johnson visited Charlotte’s Independence High School’s football team during a recent practice session.

Johnson drove his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet onto the playing field, drawing quizzical looks and other responses from the players, who appeared as if they weren’t aware they were taking part in a Gatorade “Beat The Heat” promotion.

The promotion was to impress upon the players the importance of remaining hydrated during things like practice and in games, especially in hot weather. Johnson even tossed the football around a bit with some of the players.

Check out the video by clicking the link below, courtesy of the syndicated Extra TV program:

http://www.extratv.com/videos/0_c2cy37nt

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INDYCAR Paddock Pass: Road America (video)

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On this week’s edition of INDYCAR Paddock Pass, Anders Krohn gets input from Matheus Leist, Robert Wickens, Simon Pagenaud, and more ahead of Sunday’s KOHLER Grand Prix (12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Among the topics discussed are the rookie seasons for Leist and Wickens, tire wear and setup challeges at Road America, and the championship chase.

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