76 Freedom Car Driver kicks off 2011 race season in New Smyrna, Fla. James V. Carroll

Legion Riders to escort Freedom Car to race

Driver Jerick Johnson and The American Legion/David Law Firm 76 Freedom Car race team are kicking off the 2011 stock car season in style – thanks to Florida American Legion Riders.

Johnson and his crew departed Mooresville, N.C., early Feb. 9 and headed to New Smyrna Speedway near Daytona, Fla, to compete in seven races in nine days in the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. More than 120 American Legion Riders are expected to meet the Team Johnson Motorsports caravan at the Florida Welcome Center on I-95 near the Georgia state line and escort Johnson and his crew to New Smyrna.

“It’s going be a pretty awesome sight along I-95 nestled among a hundred or so Florida and area motorcycle riders,” Johnson said. “I bet race fans in the New Smyrna have never seen anything like it. We are really pumped up.”

Johnson will take his Super Late Model car to New Smyrna to compete in races Feb. 11 to Feb. 18. Then the team regroups and travels to Greenville, S.C., for a March 26 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.

“After the New Smyrna races 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. In addition to the Greenville race, the 76 Freedom Car is scheduled to compete, 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.”