The Racer's Group announces Team Manager

TRG Announces Hiring of Mike Johnson as Team Manager Sonoma, CA -- November 10, 2004 -- In what marks the first significant addition to its professional staff in preparation for a four-car, two-class Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series...

TRG Announces Hiring of Mike Johnson as Team Manager

Sonoma, CA -- November 10, 2004 -- In what marks the first significant addition to its professional staff in preparation for a four-car, two-class Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series effort for 2005, TRG announced today the hiring of Mike Johnson, a well-known and experienced racer. Johnson, whose teams have over the years captured class victories at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Petit Le Mans, will join the Company as Professional Racing Team Manager, responsible for the operations of the four-car Daytona Prototype and Porsche team.

Johnson's reputation as a driver, team owner and manager are well known throughout the paddock, and his teams' records at the world's most prestigious sports car races are stellar. From 2000 to 2002, Johnson's teams rolled off an impressive streak of 32 consecutive podium finishes, and most recently, he managed the Grand-Am SGS class championship team TPC Racing, which finished 1-2 in the 2004 team championship and an outstanding 1-2-3-4-5 in the driver championship.

"We're thrilled to announce that Mike has decided to join our team," said team owner Kevin Buckler. "His skill and organizational ability have been proven time after time, and he's got the work-until-the-job-is-done attitude that we've tried to cultivate at TRG for more than 10 years. We'll continue to add all-star staff in preparation for the 2005 Rolex season, but we feel that Mike is one of the key pieces in building our staff for the challenges and logistics of running four cars next season. Mike's had a lot of experience organizing teams that work with prototype cars, and as we get to learn our new Crawford Daytona Prototypes, that kind of experience is invaluable."

Johnson's driving resume is impressive as well, as he ran competitively in the US F2000 in the late 1990s against American racing superstars Buddy Rice and Sam Hornish Jr., as well as Le Mans racers Guy Smith and Darren Turner. After two seasons in US F2000, Mike turned his attentions to team ownership and management, a move that has paid off with international race wins. He has been especially successful in Grand American racing, his teams having finished on the podium at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona four straight years; his team, Archangel Motorsports, captured the team and driver championships in 2000 and 2001.

"I'm happy for this new challenge," he said. "Kevin's organization is growing by leaps and bounds, and I want to be one of the people that helps TRG capture the overall victory again at the Rolex 24 -- this time in a Daytona Prototype. We've got a big challenge in front of us learning the new Prototype cars, but TRG has years of experience winning in Porsches and the folks at Crawford have been very helpful with us, so we'll be ready come the Rolex race."

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