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NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson crashes Independence High football practice

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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson and the Lowe’s No. 48 Hendrick team stopped by Independence High School on Wednesday to talk about the importance of good hydration and to sell Gatorade to members of the Patriots football team. He then stayed a few minutes to catch some passes from the quarterbacks and run some exercises.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson shakes hands with the Independence High School quarterbacks on Wednesday.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Jimmy Johnson and the Lowes No. 48 Hendrick team stopped by Independence High School as part of the Gatorade Beat the Heat campaign – an effort by Gatorade to educate athletes, parents and coaches on the importance of proper hydration to reduce heat-related illnesses during athletic events.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson and members of his Hendrick Motorsports pit crew visited the Independence High School football teach Wednesday as part of the Gatorade Beat the Heat campaign – an effort by Gatorade to educate athletes, parents and coaches on the importance of proper hydration to reduce heat-related illnesses during athletic events.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Jimmie Johnson catches a pass from an Independence High quarterback during practice at the school Wednesday. Johnson visited the Independence football team as part of the Gatorade Beat the Heat campaign – an effort by Gatorade to educate athletes, parents and coaches on the importance of proper hydration to reduce heat-related illnesses during athletic events.

A six-time champion brought a little relief Wednesday afternoon to a seven-time champion.

Jimmie Johnson, who has won six NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, surprised members of the Independence High School football team with a visit to the school during afternoon practice.

Johnson and members of his Hendrick Motorsports pit crew visited the school as part of the Gatorade Beat the Heat campaign – an effort by Gatorade to educate athletes, parents and coaches on the importance of proper hydration to reduce heat-related illnesses during athletic events.

Johnson, who is known as one of the most physically fit NASCAR drivers, even joined the team in some conditioning drills.

A spokesman for Gatorade said Johnson has worked in the past with Independence High, which won seven straight state football championships from 2000 to 2006.

Wednesday’s visit was well-timed. Temperatures at the time of practice were about 90 degrees, with a heat index in the mid-90s.

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