Michael Johnson set for Daytona Paul Revere 250

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 15, 2000) -- Former MTV star Michael Johnson will be racing in "The Real World" when he fields a top Grand American Road Racing Association team in the Paul Revere 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Johnson's ...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 15, 2000) -- Former MTV star Michael Johnson will be racing in "The Real World" when he fields a top Grand American Road Racing Association team in the Paul Revere 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

Johnson's Archangel Motorsports Services team is riding a four-race winning streak in Grand-Am SportsRacer Lights competition. The anticipated addition of five top European entries, plus the improvement demonstrated by Grand-Am rivals, means the American Instrument/Oberto Beef Jerky Nissan Lola driven by Larry Oberto and Ryan Hampton will face their toughest challenge of the season.

"It will be great for the first time to compare ourselves against the guys from Europe," Johnson said. "We know keeping the streak intact will be difficult, but we're working very hard to do so. We've got less than 1,000 miles developing our cars. The European teams have raced their cars for a full year, plus 1,000 miles, so they've put in a lot more development time.

"We're really looking forward to racing at Daytona under the lights," Johnson continued. "Running after NASCAR Winston Cup qualifying will give us a great fan base, and we will put on a great show, and keep attracting more fans."

"I think a lot of surprises could be in store," said Oberto, who moved with Johnson from F2000 competition to the Grand-Am. "Our performance window for improving is narrowing, and we're looking forward to seeing how we compare with the European teams that have had their cars for more than a year."

The son of veteran Sports 2000 racer Duke Johnson, Michael began racing in 1993, driving a Spec Racer Ford in SCCA competition. Two years later, MTV was looking for a young race car driver for its "The Real World," and Johnson got the call.

"I was in 23 episodes over six months, living in a mansion in London," he recalled, and was featured on the cover of People Magazine and TV Guide.

When The Real World wrapped up, Johnson went real racing, competing in Formula 2000 competition from 1996-98. He showed improvement and posted several top finishes -- including a third at Mid-Ohio during the 1996 CART weekend -- but driving was not his career goal.

"I miss driving a little bit, but I knew running a team is what I wanted to do," Johnson explained. "Driving was just part of the preparation for this."

When Grand-Am announced the SportsRacer Lights concept, Johnson was one of the first to answer the challenge.

"We were always looking for the next step up, and I wanted to keep moving up," Johnson said. "A lot of the F2000 competitors want to step up to Toyota Atlantic or Indy Lights. SportsRacer Lights looked more like what I wanted to do. I love the endurance aspect of racing, and I like the concept of the Grand-Am series."

Johnson's team has shown great results, winning consecutive races at Phoenix, Miami, Lime Rock and Mid-Ohio. But it hasn't been easy, with the team basically testing and developing their brand new car at the race event weekends.

"Michael is probably the youngest team owner out there," said Oberto. "He's a great guy to work for. He's very considerate in working with the driver and team needs. He loves racing, and he loves to win. We banged wheels a few times racing in F2000, he was a great guy to race against, but he felt becoming a team owner could keep him in racing for the long term."

Practice for the Paul Revere 250 begins at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, with qualifying beginning at 9:15 p.m. The 70 lap, 250-mile race will be held under the lights on Thursday, June 29; immediately following the 8 p.m. Bud Pole Qualifying session for the Pepsi 400.

Tickets are still available for the Paul Revere 250/Pepsi 400 weekend at Daytona International Speedway. For information, call the Speedway Ticket Office at (904) 253-7223, or visit the web site, www.daytonaintlspeedway.com. For additional Grand-Am information, visit www.grand-am.com.

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MTV'S MICHAEL JOHNSON NOW RACING IN THE REAL WORLD, WILL FIELD SPORTSRACER LIGHT IN PAUL REVERE 250 AT DAYTONA

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 15, 2000) -- Former MTV star Michael Johnson will be racing in "The Real World" when he fields a top Grand American Road Racing Association team in the Paul Revere 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Johnson's Archangel Motorsports Services team is riding a four-race winning streak in Grand-Am SportsRacer Lights competition. The anticipated addition of five top European entries, plus the improvement demonstrated by Grand-Am rivals, means the American Instrument/Oberto Beef Jerky Nissan Lola driven by Larry Oberto and Ryan Hampton will face their toughest challenge of the season. "It will be great for the first time to compare ourselves against the guys from Europe," Johnson said. "We know keeping the streak intact will be difficult, but we're working very hard to do so. We've got less than 1,000 miles developing our cars. The European teams have raced their cars for a full year, plus 1,000 miles, so they've put in a lot more development time. "We're really looking forward to racing at Daytona under the lights," Johnson continued. "Running after NASCAR Winston Cup qualifying will give us a great fan base, and we will put on a great show, and keep attracting more fans." "I think a lot of surprises could be in store," said Oberto, who moved with Johnson from F2000 competition to the Grand-Am. "Our performance window for improving is narrowing, and we're looking forward to seeing how we compare with the European teams that have had their cars for more than a year." The son of veteran Sports 2000 racer Duke Johnson, Michael began racing in 1993, driving a Spec Racer Ford in SCCA competition. Two years later, MTV was looking for a young race car driver for its "The Real World," and Johnson got the call. "I was in 23 episodes over six months, living in a mansion in London," he recalled, and was featured on the cover of People Magazine and TV Guide. When The Real World wrapped up, Johnson went real racing, competing in Formula 2000 competition from 1996-98. He showed improvement and posted several top finishes -- including a third at Mid-Ohio during the 1996 CART weekend -- but driving was not his career goal. "I miss driving a little bit, but I knew running a team is what I wanted to do," Johnson explained. "Driving was just part of the preparation for this." When Grand-Am announced the SportsRacer Lights concept, Johnson was one of the first to answer the challenge. "We were always looking for the next step up, and I wanted to keep moving up," Johnson said. "A lot of the F2000 competitors want to step up to Toyota Atlantic or Indy Lights. SportsRacer Lights looked more like what I wanted to do. I love the endurance aspect of racing, and I like the concept of the Grand-Am series." Johnson's team has shown great results, winning consecutive races at Phoenix, Miami, Lime Rock and Mid-Ohio. But it hasn't been easy, with the team basically testing and developing their brand new car at the race event weekends. "Michael is probably the youngest team owner out there," said Oberto. "He's a great guy to work for. He's very considerate in working with the driver and team needs. He loves racing, and he loves to win. We banged wheels a few times racing in F2000, he was a great guy to race against, but he felt becoming a team owner could keep him in racing for the long term." Practice for the Paul Revere 250 begins at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, with qualifying beginning at 9:15 p.m. The 70 lap, 250-mile race will be held under the lights on Thursday, June 29; immediately following the 8 p.m. Bud Pole Qualifying session for the Pepsi 400. Tickets are still available for the Paul Revere 250/Pepsi 400 weekend at Daytona International Speedway. For information, call the Speedway Ticket Office at (904) 253-7223, or visit the web site, www.daytonaintlspeedway.com. For additional Grand-Am information, visit www.grand-am.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Duke Johnson , Ryan Hampton , Larry Oberto , Michael Johnson