Showing posts with label Jerick Johnson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jerick Johnson. Show all posts

Thursday, February 17, 2011

FREEDOM CAR UPDATE

Freedom Car charges from last to second

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

76 FREEDOM CAR

76 Freedom wraps up successful season
By James V. Carroll - November 15, 2010


Driver Jerick Johnson completes successful 2010 ARCA race season, prepares for 2011 opener at Dayton International Speedway Feb. 12. James V. Carroll

The 2010 ARCA racing season for driver Jerick Johnson and The American Legion/David Law Firm 76 Freedom Car ended much like the way it started — in frustration due to a series of brake and mechanical failures. But overall, Johnson is satisfied and grateful regarding his 2010 season results.

“We competed in a little over half of the 20-race season,” Johnson said. “We qualified for all the televised races except Daytona and ran in two or three short track races. Given those facts, we did pretty well. We finished 18th out of 140 drivers competing in all or part of the races, and we were second to 2010 ARCA series Champion Patrick Sheltra in the Hard Charger competition. The Hard Charger trophy was ours to take right up to the last race, but we came up a bit short.”

Johnson’s opportunity to claim the coveted Hard Charger trophy was during the season-ending race on Oct. 9 at Rockingham Speedway in North Carolina. While he only needed to finish 19th or better to claim the trophy, Johnson unfortunately nursed his brakeless car to a 26th place finish.

“Brakes and tires hurt us a lot this season, “Johnson said. “We were in the position to crack the top 10 in a number of races when we blew a tire or lost the ability to brake. Pitting under a green flag run to change a flat tire pretty much ruins your day and losing brakes is even a worse situation.”

Even though Johnson and his crew faced many challenges throughout the racing season, not all of them stopped Johnson in his tracks from finishing in the top 10. For instance, during a weeklong series of races at the quarter-mile track in New Smyrna near Daytona, Fla., Johnson and his crew braced bitter cold temperatures, fog delays and an accident that sent the nose of his car bouncing across the track. Despite these obstacles, the 76 Freedom Car managed an overall 9th place finish for the week.

“I’ve gone around and around a lot of tracks at a lot of places,” Johnson said, “but I have never been in a race halted by fog until New Smyrna. That was a new one. Quite an experience and quite fun though.”

Johnson also had a top 10 finish at the Salem Speedway quarter-mile track in Salem, Ind.
“That (Salem) was a race we didn’t plan to compete in at the beginning of the season,” Johnson said. “We decided at the last moment, and it was a good decision. I’m disappointed we didn’t pull out a few more top 10 finishes.”

ARCA kicks off its 59th year of competition on Feb. 12, 2011, with the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway. The race is 80 laps on the historic 2.5-mile superspeedway oval and will air live on SPEED at 4 p.m. (EST). Until then, Johnson reflects on his success and prepares for a new season.

“The success we have had this season – and every season – would not have been possible without the support of The American Legion family and the David Law Firm,” Johnson said. “We at Team Johnson Motorsports worked hard all season, but the Legion and David Law Firm sponsorship made it possible for us to be competitive and have a legitimate chance at the Hard Charger. For that we are forever grateful and honored.”

Sunday, August 1, 2010

76 FREEDOM CAR




76 Freedom Car at Watkins Glen

Jerick Johnson and the 76 Freedom Car will be at the Fan Zone, Watkins Glen International Speedway on August 7 and 8. This is being sponsored by American Legion Post 660, Dundee, NY. There also will be a barbeque at Hemrod, NY where you can meet Jerick Johnson.

Friday, June 11, 2010

76 FREEDOM CAR

 Gear sidelines 76 Freedom Car at Pocono
By James V. Carroll - June 6, 2010

Jerick Johnson comes into the pits during the 
Messina Wildlife Management 200 at Pocono 
Raceway on Saturday. James V. Carroll


Driver Jerick Johnson retired The American Legion/David Law Firm 76 Freedom Car on the 35th lap of the Messina Wildlife Management 200 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday after a rear gear failure. His withdrawal from the ARCA Racing Series 80-lap event resulted in a 30th-place finish.

The Pocono weekend at the famed 2.5-mile triangle track at Long Pond, Pa., was more an exercise of experience for Johnson than it was of result. Driver and crew spent most of their 100-minute practice time Friday morning not on the track, but, rather in the garage struggling to locate a metallic rub and vibration. The problem eventually was traced to the drive shaft. Johnson ended up getting in only 18 practice laps, and his times were 28th fastest among 34 cars taking practice laps.

Johnson stepped up his pace during the one-lap qualification attempt - qualifying 25th fastest for a 13th-row spot in the 36-car starting field.

"We were never really in the chase for the lead," a disappointed Johnson said after he pulled his wounded car to the infield garage. "The car was not handling very well all weekend, but I believe we could have had a descent finish if the car hadn't broke."

The 76 Freedom Car Team Johnson Motorsports crew has little time to prepare for their next ARCA Racing Series event - the June 11 Racing for Wildlife 200 at Michigan International Speedway near Brooklyn, Mich.

The 200-mile, 100-lap race is scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m., and will be televised live on SPEED.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

TOLEDO SPEEDWAY

Johnson 9th at Toledo Speedway
The American Legion - May 25, 2010

The American Legion/David Law Firm 76 Freedom Car, 
seen in a race earlier this season, finished 
ninth Sunday in Toledo. James V. Carroll

Jerick Johnson and The American Legion/David Law Firm 76 Freedom Car arrived at Toledo Speedway in Ohio last week with little knowledge of the half-mile paved short track. 
Johnson and the Team Johnson Motorsports crew left town Sunday with their first top-10 finish in the 2010 ARCA Racing Series. Prior to the May 23 race, Johnson told Toledo Blade newspaper reporters he didn't get his first look at the Toledo track until Saturday.

"I just hope I get out there and put in some practice laps and get a good feel of the place," Johnson said. "We'll talk to some of the veteran drivers who have been here before and gather as much information as we can."

Mission accomplished.
Johnson's ninth-place finish is his best in the four races he has run in the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards. The 76 Freedom Car crossed the finish line 22nd at Salem Speedway in Indiana, 15th at Texas Motor Speedway, and 16th at Talladega Speedway in Alabama. Due to engine failure, Johnson failed to qualify in ARCA's season opener during Speed Weeks in Daytona, Fla.

The top-10 finish in the Menards 200 at Toledo elevated Johnson to 18th place in championship points - up one spot from 19th. Johnson has raced in four of six ARCA Racing Series events this year.

Johnson's race results outperformed his practice and qualification efforts. His 17th-place practice lap average was 106.528 mph. And his 105.436 mph qualification run was good enough for 23rd place in the 32-car starting grid - 7.43 mph slower than Chris Buescher, who captured the pole at 112.867 mph. Buescher won the 100-mile race.

While at Toledo, Johnson said his mission was two-fold - running in the race and spreading the word about The American Legion and Legion Racing.

The next stop for Johnson and the 76 Freedom Car is Pocono Raceway at Long Pond, Pa., where he will compete in the Messina Wildlife Stopper 200. Qualification runs are scheduled to begin June 4 at 1:45 p.m., and the 80-lap race on the 2.5-mile tri-oval is schedule to start Saturday, June 5 at 1 p.m. The race will be televised live on SPEED.
 
Johnson also generated positive press for The American Legion as the subject of an article in the Toledo Blade.








Tuesday, May 25, 2010

NO. 76 FREEDOM CAR

Toledo Blade
Driver heeds call to country
Johnson promotes American Legion
 JERICK JOHNSON

By MATT MARKEY
BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Jerick Johnson intends to wheel the No. 76 Freedom Car into the starting grid for today's ARCA race at Toledo Speedway, and part of the push behind him will be the support of the world's largest veteran's organization and the weight of knowing he represents all those that have served this nation.

"Driving the American Legion car is a tremendous honor, and it is also a huge responsibility," Johnson said Friday night, shortly after arriving in Toledo. "You're really visible out there, hoping to bring more recognition to all of the troops and the veterans and also to let people know how important the American Legion is in this country."

Johnson and the No. 76 team made the move into the ARCA Racing Series presented by
RE/MAX and Menards this season after running in the ASA Late
 Model Challenge Series last year, when Johnson won "Rookie of the Year" honors. He also has two ARCA races from the 2002 season on his resume and ran in five NASCAR Busch Series races in 2007.

Johnson didn't get his first look at the Toledo Speedway half-mile oval on Benore Road until yesterday.
"I just hope to get out there and put in some practice laps and get a feel for the place," he said. "We'll talk to some of the veterans who have been there before and gather as much information as we can."
 
Johnson is 19th in points in the ARCA Series but has competed in just three of the five events to date. He was 22nd at Salem, 15th in Texas, and finished 16th at Talladega. His duty in Toledo will be customarily two-fold - running in the race and working to spread the word about the American Legion. 

 "A lot of our military services sponsor cars, but it's not just about racing - it's about utilizing a powerful marketing tool," Johnson said. "We're trying to get the message out that the American Legion is not just a building or a place. It's an organization that is involved in a lot of good causes. We want to encourage the next generation of members to come join the American Legion." 
 


Johnson is a member of the Sons of the American Legion, while his father and team owner Jack Johnson is a Legionnaire, and Jerick's mother, Debbie, is an American Legion Auxiliary member.

"The theme of patriotism and service is everywhere," Jerick Johnson said. "Then you get to the track on race day, and there's a prayer, the national anthem, and a military flyover. There's an awful lot of pride involved in this, and I want to make sure we do the best job of representing the people who stand behind this car and this team."

The field for the Menards 200 will present Johnson with considerable challenges, since it is loaded with skilled veterans and talented young drivers.

The starting grid should include nine-time ARCA Series champion Frank Kimmel, NASCAR vet Ken Schrader, current ARCA points leader Justin Marks, and Camping World Truck Series regular Matt Crafton. Kimmel will be making his 30th consecutive start in Toledo Speedway ARCA Series events.

"Toledo has been such a good track for me over the years, and I like short track racing," Kimmel said. "Short track racing goes back to the driver a little more; if the car is off a little bit, you can drive it a little different and make it competitive. It's the type of track I was born and raised running. Toledo is a good place to come racing."

The Toledo Speedway gates open at 11 this morning, but the Fan Fest in the parking lot next to the track gets going a half hour prior to that. The Fan Fest event is free and offers interactive displays and activities and gives racing fans the chance to interact with ARCA officials, drivers, teams, crew members, and sponsors.

There will be an on-track autograph session with all of the drivers from noon until 1:15, with driver introductions at 1:30, and the 200-lap Menards 200 Presented by Federated Car Care race starting at 2 p.m.

ARCA POLE: Chris
Buescher won the pole for today's race by turning the half-mile Toledo Speedway oval in 15.984 seconds (112.867 mph) in yesterday's qualifying. Mikey Kile will start second after posting a 16.106 seconds lap.

NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader qualified third, while Talladega ARCA winner Dakoda Armstrong will start fourth, followed by ARCA points leader Justin Marks. Camping World Truck Series regular Matt Crafton qualified seventh, while 10-time ARCA Series champ Frank Kimmel will start ninth.