Johnson Enters Familiar Territory at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 31, 2002)& ...
Johnson Enters Familiar Territory at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 31, 2002)– Saleen factory driver Ron Johnson will be in familiar surroundings at this weekend’s 40th Anniversary Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. Not only will he be competing on the 3.56-mile road course where he claimed a victory in November, but he will be piloting a car he is very familiar with and quite fond of.
Johnson finished second in driver points last year after co-driving the #5 Saleen S7R to seven GTS victories. This weekend he will co-drive the #83 Graham Nash Motorsports Saleen S7R. Johnson will be the lone driver representing the United States in the England-based car, as he shares driving duties with Brazilian Tommy Erdos, Bobby Werdun-Ro from Portugal and Englishman Ian McKeller, Jr., the 2001 ELMS GTS champion.
“I want to thank the team for giving me a great opportunity,” Johnson said. “ Obviously I think the S7 is a great car. This #83 car is brand new. It only had 20 minutes in it before this morning’s practice.”
Although his permanent team for the 2002 race season is yet unknown, Johnson, the winningest driver in Grand-Am GTS history, plans to continue racing for the remainder of this season. He will start the MBA program at Stanford Business School in September 2002.