Columbus Steve Johnson Story (Pro Bike)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (818) 914-4761 TIME COULD BE RIGHT FOR STEVE JOHNSON TO EARN FIRST BIKE VICTORY HEBRON, Ohio -- Steve Johnson has recorded a career-best elapsed time in Pro Stock Motorcycle at his...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: NHRA Communications (818) 914-4761

TIME COULD BE RIGHT FOR STEVE JOHNSON TO EARN FIRST BIKE VICTORY HEBRON, Ohio -- Steve Johnson has recorded a career-best elapsed time in Pro Stock Motorcycle at his last two NHRA national events. He insists that his riding skills are sharper than ever. So it appears that Johnson's first victory after nearly a decade of competing in the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series could be just a matter of time. Time management, that is. Johnson, from Chatsworth, Calif., will unveil a new time-management system that he thinks could make him a contender for victory at the 33rd annual, $1,452,450 Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing, June 12-15 at National Trail Raceway. The race is the 10th event of the 22-event, $30-million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series in 1997. "Between the four people on our team, I think we'll have enough people to make decisions, meet fans, circulate through the pits and win rounds," Johnson said. "I'm going to learn, and I'm going to have more fun. I'm an enthusiast as much as I am a racer. Sometimes you get stuck in your own world and forget what's around you." Johnson wasn't blind enough to realize that his team needed to be more efficient with its time. They were unable to execute a flawless engine change in 90 minutes between the quarterfinals and semifinals at the Mac Tools Gatornationals in early March, wasting a shot at the final round. Now the team can change the engine in the Slick 50 Suzuki GSXR in 40 minutes. That skill came in handy in early May. Johnson broke his engine during a test pass at the rain-delayed Pennzoil Nationals, but the team calmly swapped engines in time for the next round. "When you're prepared between rounds, you have more time to focus on what you're going to do on the racetrack," Johnson said. "Our focus this year is to be in the top five and win races."

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