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23-year-old paralyzed BMW driver Heads to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park In Canada This Weekend


BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO, CANADA (July 7, 2016) – American paralyzed BMW driver Michael Johnson is getting in the grove with this return to the racetrack for his first back-to-back race weekend this IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season. The JDC-Miller Motorsports pilot is looking for a clean race weekend as he heads to Canada for the Continental Tire Challenge at ´╗┐Canadian Tire Motorsport Park to face the 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course.


“I'm very excited to run at Canadian Tire MotorSport Park,” said Johnson. “I've never raced on the big car track but I can't wait to learn it! Hopefully all the changes we made at Watkins Glen work here and we can have a great weekend! I'm super happy and proud with how we did as a team at Watkins Glen. I have a lot more to learn and improve but I'm excited for the future. This BMW 228i M Sport has been great! We finished the race in P19 so we can improve from there.”


The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix weekend takes place at Canada’s first purpose-built road course previously known as MoSport International raceway, which was renamed Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2012. It is one of the four tracks to play host to a series event in each of its seventeen seasons.


The Continental Tire Challenge at ´╗┐Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, ON, Canada begins with official practice on Fri., July 8, starting at 9:30 a.m., with qualifying at 5:10 p.m. The race will be held on Sat., July 9, beginning at 12:25 p.m. The race is timed with a two hour, 30-minute window. All times Eastern. The race will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by FOX Sports, and but will be streamed, live, on


Johnson is of course paired with teammate Stephen Simpson, from Cape Town, South Africa, in the Street Tuner (ST) class. Johnson’s car is specially equipped with hand controls, provided by GuidoSimplex, due to his paralysis. Johnson’s car features a complicated brake, gearshift and throttle system, with which Johnson uses his hands to control systems other drivers manipulate with their feet.


In addition to primary backing from Universal Coating, Johnson’s racing efforts are also supported by: Arai Helmets, OMP, and BraunAbility® Wheelchair Vehicles & Wheelchair Lifts.


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