Driver Jerick Johnson and 76 Freedom Car crew travel to New Smyrna Speedway in Florida to open 2011 race season. Photo by James V. Carroll

First 2011 Freedom Car race in Florida

Driver Jerick Johnson and The American Legion/David Law Firm 76 Freedom Car team are in the final stages of preparation for the 2011 stock car competition. The Team Johnson Motorsports crew kicks off their speed campaign Feb. 11 in a week-long series of races at New Smyrna, Fla.

“We are anxious to crank up the engine on the 76 Freedom Car,” Johnson said at his Mooresville, N.C., shop. “We believe it’s going to be a great year for us and our Legion race fans. We’re ready for a season of driving fast and turning left.”

Following The World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing event at New Smyrna Speedway near Daytona, Johnson will compete in 10 other races in two racing series beginning in Greensville, S.C., on March 26 and concluding at Rockingham Speedway in North Carolina on Nov. 5.

“We’re looking forward to a very competitive season in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and the United Speed Alliance Racing Series,” Johnson said. “At least four events are in conjunction with NASCAR Nationwide races, and seven of our races will be at NASCAR tracks.”

Legion Racing fans in South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia will be able to witness, for the first time, Legion Racing in their states. The 76 Freedom Car is scheduled to compete March 26 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina, April 28 at Richmond International Speedway in Virginia, and June 11 at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Ga. Other scheduled races include Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Minnesota, Delaware and Indiana. Click here for the entire 2011 schedule.

“We are especially excited that Aug. 27, during the Legion National Convention in Minneapolis, we will be racing at Elko Speedway less than an hour from the convention city,” Johnson said. “A lot of great racing activities are scheduled as part of Military Night at the Speedway.”

In addition to sponsorship by The American Legion and The David Law Firm, the 76 Freedom Car team has picked up an additional associate sponsor for the 2011 racing season.

“We are pleased to welcome US Coin Boards of Mechanicsburg, Pa., as a sponsor,” said Jack Johnson, Team Johnson Motorsports owner. “The addition of US Coin Boards makes us a stronger race program. And as always, we are grateful to all Legionnaires who support Legion Racing.”