"Dancing" Champ Keeps The Velocity Going

Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson poses with her "Dancing With The Stars" championship trophy during an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America" television program Wednesday, May 20, 2009 in New York. Johnson was named "Dancing With The Stars" champion during the show's finale Tuesday night in Los Angeles.
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World champion gymnast, honor roll student and "Dancing with the Stars" winner Shawn Johnson may not have gotten her license too long ago, but now she is stepping it up to ride in the world of NASCAR.

The 17-year-old athletic star, whose been named an Honorary Race Official for NASCAR's longest race, the Coca-Cola 600, is literally taking on life in the fast lane.

She will hitch a ride in a race car for a 160 mph ride-along with Coca-Cola Racing Family member Kyle Petty.

Timeline: "Dancing With The Stars"
Johnson will also help mark the historic 50th running of NASCAR's longest race at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 24 (5 p.m. EST on FOX) by interacting with fans, attending the driver's meeting and greeting all of the drivers during pre-race introductions.

Not only does Johnson's stellar track record include four medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, but she has raised the bar as the youngest winner of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."

Johnson has been featured on Olympic-themed packaging as one of the Coca-Cola "Six-Pack" of Olympic Athletes. She also serves as a Coca-Cola "Ambassador of Active Living" to help encourage and inspire people to lead active, balanced lives.