In name only: ‘Tribute’ car to Jimmie Johnson falls short

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If you’re going to take the time to sell a “tribute” car, you might want to double-check every last detail.

Especially the driver’s name on the car listing – the significance of which we’ll get back to in a moment.

Our buddy Tom Jensen, of FoxSports.com, has a great tale to tell about a “tribute” car that resembles the kind of race car Jimmie Johnson drove to his third of six eventual Sprint Cup championships in 2008.

The car looks good, don’t get us wrong, although to the trained eye, you can tell it’s not the right stuff – as in a genuine and legitimate Johnson/Hendrick Motorsports car.

So as Jensen tells the tale, this car was sold last year at the Barrett Jackson auction in Las Vegas for $25,300.

It came back up for auction at this week’s Barrett Jackson auction in Phoenix on Wednesday – and sold for half the price: $12,650.

Ouch, now that’s a price cut.

Of course, the car was marked as a “re-creation” in the auction catalog, so that folks intent on potentially bidding would realize that Johnson had never raced this faux No. 48 in a Cup race.

Which brings us back to the little detail about Johnson’s name on the auction listing in the catalog.

If you’re going to sell a “re-creation” tribute car, it would help if you spelled Johnson’s first name the right way — as in “Jimmie”.

As opposed to what was in the catalog, aka “Jimmy.”

Something tells us if the seller had it right, he very well may have made a few more extra bucks in the long run.

Just like in journalism, sometimes car auction listings need copy editors, too.

Click here to check out Jensen’s great story.

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NHRA: Alexis DeJoria reveals sponsorship for return to Funny Car

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Returning to NHRA Funny Car competition after a two-year hiatus, Alexis DeJoria has announced her new team will be sponsored by ABK Beer and ROKiT Phones for the full 24-race 2020 NHRA national event season.

ABK Beer is a 700-year-old Bavarian beer brand, while ROKiT further expands its reach in motorsports, also sponsoring the ROKiT Williams Racing Formula 1 team and the ROKiT Venturi Racing Formula E team.

Both brands have signed multi-year deals to sponsor DeJoria and her 11,000-horsepower Toyota Camry Funny Car. Also, in a unique twist, ROKiT smartphones will engage fans of DeJoria and NHRA with “innovative 3D content,” according to a media release.

“Joining Del Worsham’s newly-formed DC Motorsports team was just the first step in reigniting my quest at being the first female Funny Car world champion, and I’m thrilled that ROKiT is coming along for the ride,” DeJoria said in the media release. “I can’t wait to get back on the track and am energized and excited about all the things we have in store for the amazing NHRA fans.”

DeJoria will join a number of Top Fuel and Funny Car teams in Las Vegas for the annual preseason test-and-tune – otherwise known as “spring training” – on February 1 and 2.

This is the first time the test session will be held at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It has previously been held for at least the last two decades at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in suburban Phoenix.

The 24-race NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season opens the following weekend — February 6-9 — with the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California.

DeJoria, who is married to reality TV star Jesse James, is particularly looking forward to returning to Pomona. It was there where she made drag racing history, becoming the first female to clock a sub-four second run (3.997 seconds) in the 2014 season opener.

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