PENNGROVE, Calif. – Chase Johnson is teaming up with Vanlare Racing for an approximate 20-race sprint car schedule this season.
“When Jim (Vanlare) called me about this year I was very excited,” Johnson said. “Jim always has great equipment and is a very smart guy when it comes to these cars. I’ve been wanting to drive the No. 5v for a long time so it’s pretty cool to get the chance to do it.”
The team will chase the Sprint Car Challenge Tour championship, which features a dozen races at six tracks throughout California. Additionally, the team is considering racing in the Fall Nationals, Trophy Cup and the Copper Classic in Arizona to end the season.
“My car has been a rent-a-ride for the past few years and it’s been ok, but this year we’re looking to do something different,” team owner Jim Vanlare said. “I was thinking of a driver that would be good at all the tracks that the Sprint Car Challenge Tour runs and a good driver in general. I’ve been wanting to run with Chase for a long time. I didn’t know if he’d want to race with us, but when I made the phone call he was excited. It’s a good change for us. He’s both a good race car driver and a good person.”
Johnson and Vanlare Racing will begin the season with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour opener on March 31 at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway.
“I want to thank Jim and Annette for giving me an opportunity,” Johnson said. “They’ve had a great team for a long time and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”
Johnson currently has more than 75 races on his racing schedule. The majority of events will be in the Shawn and Cyndi Thomas owned No. 68 sprint car. Johnson also has a handful of midget races with Morris Motorsports and he will pilot his Chase Johnson Racing No. 24 at several races, including his outdoor season-opening event March 2-3 at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif.
“I feel blessed to have the opportunities and support that I have,” he said. “We are all setting ourselves up for a successful season so I’m excited to see what 2018 has in store for us.”