NASCAR Champion surprises Independence football team

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Independence football players got a surprise today at practice!

Six time NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson and members of his pit crew dropped in unexpectedly to promote the Gatorade "Beat the Heat" program which teaches athletes how to stay safe in hot weather.

Johnson said he loves being able to surprise student athlete's, "I'm sure they were wondering what the noise was when I fired up the engine and came around. It's great to catch people off guard."

After sharing what it's like behind the wheel of a Sprint Cup car, Johnson also went through a few football drills with the Patriots.

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