GREENVILLE, Texas – Jason Johnson Racing (JJR) has named Jamie Veal the driver of the No. 41 Maxim while driver Jason Johnson recovers from injuries sustained at Placerville Speedway on April 8.
“We are excited that Jamie Veal will be driving our car on the World of Outlaw tour while I recuperate from these injuries,” said Johnson. “When I got hurt and was laying in that hospital bed out in California, I was scared. During that time, I reflected on my life and one of the things I will always remember and cherish is my time in Australia and the opportunity to drive for the Disbury Family and Alan Haynes’ HM Racing.
“The memories, friends, and fans we met and got to know during our many trips to Australia are very special to me and my family and this is our opportunity to give back in a small way by partnering with one of their own young, ambitious and talented drivers to race on American soil,” said Johnson.
Veal is a 26-year-old racer from Warrnambool, Australia. He has had a strong 2014/2015 season aboard the SWI Engineering Team No. V35, winning races and becoming the first driver in history to break the 10 second barrier at Sungold Stadium’s Premier Speedway in Warrnambool with a recorded lap of 9.936 seconds.
Veal will buckle into the seat of the Priority Aviation Services No. 41 for the first time this weekend at Devil’s Bowl Speedway for the Texas Outlaw Nationals.
Following the accident at Placerville, the JJR team of Philip Dietz, Cole Freeser and Jerry Meents, along with the team sponsorship partners, made the decision to move forward on the World of Outlaw tour.
“After thinking through everything and speaking with Jamie, we were confident he would represent our team and all of our sponsorship partners well both on and off the track,” said Johnson. “He has very high standards and expectations and is a really good driver and person.
“It feels really good to be able to give someone like Jamie Veal an opportunity to race against the best night in and night out. I will always be thankful to everyone in my racing life who gave me a chance. Giving back feels really good,” said Johnson.