Captain Courageous Wins for Kayla Courage n' the ability to face danger, difficulty, uncertainty, or pain without being overcome by fear or being deflected from a chosen course of action Courage is the only word you could use to describe Jason...
Captain Courageous Wins for Kayla
Courage n' the ability to face danger, difficulty, uncertainty, or pain without being overcome by fear or being deflected from a chosen course of action
Courage is the only word you could use to describe Jason Johnson's performance in the final round of the World Series Sprintcar Championship this evening at Adelaide's Speedway City.
During the early hours of the morning Johnson received a phone call from his family advising that his younger sister, Kayla had been involved in a car accident and was critically ill in hospital. His immediate thoughts turned to his family back home but unable to get a flight out until tomorrow morning he transformed these thoughts into courage and dedication to take tonight's victory for Kayla.
During qualifying Johnson clearly showed his intentions for the night setting the fastest qualifying time as his team mate Brad Heywood qualified mid pack.
Following the heat races both drivers qualified for the dash races for the second night in successions with Johnson starting on the front row of dash one and Heywood from position six in dash 2. Johnson was focused and on a mission to victory during his dash claiming a comprehensive win while Heywood moved forward to finish third.
Johnson elected to start from the outside of the front row and the 27-year-old immediately leaped into the lead and opened a gap of almost one quarter of a lap before the red lights were displayed when Shane Stewart and Jamie Cobby rolled in turn three.
On the ensuing restart Johnson ran high entering turn one allowing Robbie Farr a momentarily look at the lead but when Stephen Bell lost a wheel on the main straight the red lights were displayed and Johnson regained the lead.
Despite enduring several restarts throughout the remaining laps Johnson was never challenged as he raced on pure determination and courage to claim an emotional victory. Farr finished second behind Johnson followed by World Series Sprintcar Champion, Max Dumesny.
Johnson completed his victory with a Polish Victory lap dedicated to Kayla along with several 360 spins on the back straight.
Heywood battled throughout the event holding down eighth position only to spin late in the race dropping him to tenth.
The victory, his second of the Championship, lifted him to second in the overall standings at the completion of 15 rounds. Heywood's much improved finish to the Championship ensured both Craft Disbury Racing drivers finished inside the top 10 in the Championship.
All at Craft Disbury Racing are thinking of the Johnson family through this tough time.
Craft Disbury Racing apologizes for the lack of images accompanying this release due to technical problems. Numerous images will be placed on www.craftdisburyracing.com over the coming days.
WHAT THE DRIVER'S SAID
"I was determined tonight to finish the year on a high and after I got the phone call this morning it made me even more determine. I really had a reason to win.
To say it was a very emotional night is an understatement, I was determined to win this one tonight for Kayla.
While I fly back home first thing tomorrow morning I can assure everyone that I will be back next year. I'd like to thank the Disbury Family for everything they have done for me this year and I promise you I will be back next year.
To the sponsors of the team Aussiefast Transport, STP, GT Bobcat, Sean from Gotta Getta Gutter, Advanced Linemarking, Eagle One, Panagraphix, On the GAS Presentations and anyone else that I may have forgotten a big thanks to you all for your support.
In the meantime keep your eye on our website as I'm sure to be letting all of my new Australian fans what I'm doing back home this year."
"After timing mid pack I knew the heats were going to be very important and when I moved up several spots it was very pleasing.
The car was probably the best it has felt all year with special thanks to Paul Knott for all of his hard work and dedication throughout the year. Today was a very busy day straightening the car after last night's bingle but it seems to be perfect now.
You could say I am a little frustrated that I spun late in the race but I just got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
A big congratulation must go to Jason on his win and second in the Championship. I have been able to learn a lot working alongside a driver of his calibre this year."