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November 15, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Up-and-coming American open-wheel paralyzed racer Michael Johnson is excited to announce the extension of its current partnership with the Coloplast Corporation for the 2013 season to support Johnson’s Mazda Road to Indy program in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda series.
Twenty-year-old Michigan native Johnson, who is paralyzed from the chest down after a motorcycle racing accident in 2005, will be driving the specially-designed USF2000 car with hand-controlled throttle and brakes again for championship-winning Minneapolis-based JDC MotorSports in 2013.
“I am very excited about Coloplast’s continued support of my program in 2013” explained Johnson. “It’s great to have them back as my sponsor and after what we learned in 2012, we aim for greater success in 2013. I’ve used SpeediCath for several years and I can truly say it has changed my life simply by allowing me to live my day to day life on my own schedule. The travel schedule and long days at the track would be very hard to accomplish without using SpeediCath."
Twenty-year-old paralyzed racer Michael Johnson, who currently is the first and only paralyzed licensed INDYCAR driver, was on his way to becoming a professional motorcycle racer, having already won races and championships on a regional and national level when on August 13, 2005 he was involved in an on-track racing accident which left him paralyzed from the mid chest down.
After several years of recovery Johnson has started racing and winning again and now has set his goal to become the first paralyzed driver to run the Indianapolis 500.
Johnson drives his specially modified race car with hand controls only and became the first paralyzed racer to win in an open-wheel formula car race during round two of the Skip Barber Summer Series at Watkins Glen International Raceway in 2011. Outside of his first time win at Watkins Glen, Johnson additionally scored two wins at Road America, one pole position, four third place podiums and several top five finishes in the 2011 season.
In 2012 Johnson moved up to the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda with championship-winning team JDC MotorSports, step one of the “Mazda Road to Indy” program.
In his first year as a professional licensed INDYCAR driver Johnson had several top-ten finishing positions in qualifying and races and finished 15th in overall championship points standing out of 36 drivers participating in the 2012 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda series.
In 2013 Johnson again will compete with JDC MotorSports in the series.
Follow Johnson on Facebook@michaeljohnsonracing, Twitter @racer54iscool and Instagram @johnsonracing54.
For more information about Mike please visit: www.MichaelJohnsonRacing.com.
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