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Thursday, June 9, 2011


Freedom Car faces doubleheader weekend

Team Johnson Motorsports and 76 Freedom Car driver Jerick Johnson will race a doubleheader this weekend in two different states. Coming off a ninth-place finish at Rockingham Speedway in Rockingham, N.C., the team is scheduled to run Friday, June 10, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at the Keith Fleck Memorial 50 presented by Miller Beer and Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Raceway in the Seal Wrap 100.

In addition to racing and raising awareness for The American Legion and the POW/MIA cause this weekend, Johnson and the 76 Freedom Car team will visit three different Legion posts to greet Legionnaires and sign autographs.

The first stop will be at Post 119 in Greenfield, Ind., on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. The second stop will be at Post 298 in Marion, Iowa, on Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The third and final visit will be to Post 331 on Saturday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Brownsburg, Ind., before racing at Lucas Oil Raceway Park on Sunday.

"The American Legion/David Law Firm race team continues to strive to let our race fans know who The American Legion is," Johnson said, "and to let people know what wonderful veteran and youth programs our organization has, as well as to recruit the next generation of Legion members."

For more information on Legion Racing and its sponsors visit

Thursday, May 27, 2010


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


Toledo Blade
Driver heeds call to country
Johnson promotes American Legion


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.

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.

Thursday, February 4, 2010


Freedom Car prepares for ARCA race
By James V. Carroll | The American Legion - February 4, 2010
American Legion/David Law Firm 76 Freedom Car driver Jerick Johnson and his ARCA series car outside the Team Johnson Motorsports garage in Mooresville, N.C. The car does not have its racing colors yet. 
Photo by James V. Carroll

Jerick Johnson, driver of The American Legion/David Law Firm 76 Freedom Car, and his Team Johnson Motorsports crew are in Florida this week preparing for the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway. The 80-lap race is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and will be televised live on SPEED.

The Daytona race is the first of 10 Automobile Racing Club of America contests in which Johnson is scheduled to compete during 2010. The step up in racing circuits follows a successful racing season that culminated in Johnson’s winning of the 2009 ASA Late Model Challenge Series Rookie of the Year trophy. He also finished ninth in total championship points for the 2009 season.

Competing in the ARCA circuit isn’t Johnson’s and Team Johnson Motorsports’ first experience with the steel-bodied, 3,400-pound ARCA race cars. Johnson drove two ARCA races in 2002 and five NASCAR Busch (now Nationwide) Series races in 2007.

The ARCA series is considered by most in the racing business as the NASCAR “farm system.” Those teams that achieve success in ARCA many times move up to Nationwide or Sprint Cup competition.

In addition to a busy schedule at the track, Johnson and the 76 Freedom Car team will make a number of appearances at local American Legion posts while in Daytona, including:
 Edgewater, Fla., Post 285 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday
 Holly Hill, Fla., Post 120 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday

Johnson and the 76 Freedom Car team will also attend a Daytona 500 Party at Lady Lake, Fla., Legion Post 347 at 1 p.m. and a Super Bowl Party at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.The David Law Firm and the 76 Freedom Car team will host an invitation-only dinner for veterans service officers at The Villages, Fla., on Wednesday.

“We are confident that we can be very competitive here at Daytona,” Johnson said.

“We’ve learned a lot during ARCA and Busch races that we have run in the past. And more recently, we are very satisfied with tests we ran in our ARCA car at Daytona late last year.”
The American Legion/David Law Firm 76 Freedom Car race team is a program of The American Legion, for the purpose of raising awareness of the programs conducted by The American Legion across the country in support of veterans, our nation’s military  and their families. The racing program is also geared to attract the next generation of American Legion members.

The 76 Freedom Car is also an excellent sponsorship fit for The David Law Firm of The Woodlands, Texas. The firm has helped countless military veterans receive just compensation for mesothelioma and other lung cancers related to asbestos. The firm also provides related educational information in response to inquiries from all 50 states.

To learn more about American Legion Racing, go to For information on hosting an American Legion racing event, contact Team Johnson Motorsports at (704) 877-0151 or by e-mail at