FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (626) 914-4761 INCREASED WORKLOAD PUTS HEAVY BURDEN ON WARREN JOHNSON THIS YEAR MILLINGTON, Tenn. -- Business is booming at Warren Johnson Enterprises, but that success may have come...
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INCREASED WORKLOAD PUTS HEAVY BURDEN ON WARREN JOHNSON THIS YEAR MILLINGTON, Tenn. -- Business is booming at Warren Johnson Enterprises, but that success may have come at a costly price. Johnson and his employees, including his son, fellow driver Kurt Johnson, have spent nearly 18 hours per day, seven days a week, developing and building engines for their NHRA Pro Stock racing program and other clients. Warren Johnson picked up two new engine clients this year, Pro Stock driver Troy Coughlin and an offshore powerboat team, and has increased his involvement with the engine program of Pro Stock Motorcycle rider John Smith. Those projects have increased the bottom line of Johnson's business, but he admits they may have hurt his chances of winning the NHRA Winston Pro Stock championship this year in the GM Goodwrench Service Plus Pontiac Firebird. He is second in the standings, 185 behind Jim Yates. "We've got too many other projects," Johnson said. "They've cut into our racing time and development. Myself and the other guys in the shop are reaching the point of burnout." But for now, Johnson will continue the heavy workload as he tries to track down Yates at the 10th annual, $1,476,850 Pennzoil Nationals presented by AutoZone, Oct. 2-5 at Memphis Motorsports Park. The race is the 19th event of the 22-event, $30-million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series in 1997. Johnson, from Duluth, Ga., won 28 races and three Winston championships from 1992-95, with no side projects. Next year he will try to strike a better balance between client work and his racing program, but don't expect him to carve out time for fishing trips. This man thrives on work. "You've got to have a research-and development program," Johnson said. "That has to be in place. We'll probably cut back to the point where we can concentrate on the racing end of it."