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Freedom Car


T e Legion on Wheels A professional stock car bearing T e American Legion’s name and emblem has zipped


around tracks throughout the country since 2005. T e 76 Freedom Car is not directly fi nancially supported by the Legion, but Team Johnson Motorsports of North Carolina has exclusive marketing rights to raise team funds – which it does through donations, merchandise and apparel sales, and sponsorships, primary of which is T e David Law Firm. Driver Jerick Johnson and the 76 car have competed in NASCAR’s Busch (now Nationwide)


Series, the ASA Late Model Challenge Series, and other circuits. Between and before races, the team actively promotes the Legion in local media, and brings the car for displays at posts, VA hospitals, and other locations. Legion Riders oſt en escort the team to the race track. Jerick is a Sons of T e American Legion member, father Jack is a Legionnaire, and mother Debbie is an Auxiliary member. Each is a tireless supporter of the Legion and its programs. Supporting the 76 Freedom Car program is supporting T e American Legion Family. In May 2011, Johnson won an ASA-sanctioned Super Late Model race at Newport


Motor Speedway in Newport, Tenn. – the fi rst victory of the season for the Freedom Car – and added another in July at Columbus Speedway in Columbus, Ohio. In 2009, Johnson was the ASA Rookie of the Year, and in 2010 he placed second in the running for the Hard Charger Award in the ARCA Series.


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How the Legion Supports the Freedom Car  Donations or merchandise purchases from the race team  Purchasing racing apparel from Emblem Sales  Post, district or department fundraisers  Booking the show car and/or driver for a Legion function  Purchasing special Post Packs at wholesale price and raffl ing or selling them  Sponsorship or honorary associate sponsorship


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Contact  info@teamjohnsonmotorsports.com


Links  www.legion.org/racing


2011 | T e American Legion Annual Report 31


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