Jimmie Johnson Ticket Package Teaches Kids About NASA and NASCAR

The NASA Rockets 2 Racecars program provides STEM-based education for children prior to the STP 500 on April 3.

The similarities between racecars and rockets provide a unique opportunity to engage children in the science, technology, engineering and math used by both NASCAR and NASA.


Now, children participating in the Jimmie Johnson Martinsville Ticket Package can experience firsthand the NASA Rockets 2 Racecars activities, prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race on April 3.


“NASCAR and NASA share a lot of similarities, especially when it comes to using STEM-based education,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “This program helps children how STEM-based programing is used every day, through things they enjoy.”


The STEM-based program features a question-and-answer session with six-time NASCAR Champion and eight-time Martinsville Speedway winner Jimmie Johnson, hands-on instruction applying STEM principles, like wedge, downforce and velocity, that are used in both rockets and racecars and a 12-page four-color booklet featuring NASA Rockets 2 Racecars curriculum and Jimmie Johnson as “Flat Jimmie”.


“We’ve seen a lot of success with these packages in the past” Jimmie Johnson said. “It’s always great to show up on a Sunday morning and see a huge crowd of families and kids with their Lowe’s 48 gear on.


“Our partnership with NASA has also been a great addition over the past year and gives the kids fun, educational activities to do on Sunday morning.”


The Jimmie Johnson Martinsville Ticket Package is $48 for adults and $24 for youth and includes a ticket in the Bill France Tower to see the Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.


Fans who have already purchased a race ticket can add on the Jimmie Johnson Martinsville Ticket package for just $10.


The question-and-answer session and NASA Rockets 2 Racecars activities will be held in the Martinsville Speedway hospitality area.


Tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race on April 3, the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 on April 2 and Virginia Lottery Pole Day on April 1 can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.
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