ROCKY MOUNT, Mo. – Jason Johnson Racing officials announced Wednesday that Connecticut’s David Gravel has joined the team to pilot the No. 41 sprint car for the full 2019 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season.
Gravel moves over to JJR from CJB Motorsports, where he has spent the last three seasons. He is a 39-time Outlaw feature winner and won a staggering 18 races on tour in 2017.
“I am all smiles to be able to obtain an individual the caliber of David Gravel as the driver for JJR,” said team principal Bobbi Johnson. “Since the first day we joined the World of Outlaws tour, he has always gone out of his way to say hello to Jaxx and me at the t-shirt trailer and he has always had a smile on his face each time he visited. With our team and dedicated sponsorship partners behind him, along with the notebook Jason wrote for us before he left us, I am excited to carry this team forward with Gravel in the cockpit.
“Continuing JJR is an overload of emotions right now,” she added. “We continue together with excitement at this point in our lives, as Jaxx lives for these races and the boys that make up this dream team we have assembled. It is so awesome to sit in the stands and watch that No.41 car go around at these tracks.”
Following the loss of her husband, Bobbi Johnson and her dream team rallied together to field a car at the Knoxville Nationals and Williams Grove National Open, among other races.
This week during the World Finals presented by Can-Am at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, where veteran Joey Saldana will be behind the wheel.
After that, the seat will be Gravel’s to command for the upcoming year.
“Jason built a first-class operation and I am thrilled to carry the JJR banner,” Gravel said. “(Crew chief) Phillip (Dietz) and Bobbi are motivated to keep this team going and I’m excited I can be a part of it. I am confident we have all the tools to compete at the highest level. I’m very happy to land back on my feet on the World of Outlaws tour; bring on 2019.”
Dietz is looking forward to carrying on Jason Johnson’s legacy and working with a young, hungry driver in Gravel.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to work with David. His aggressiveness on the track and professionalism off the track reminds me a lot of Jason, so I feel confident we will work well together,” said Dietz. “David has proven himself as a winning driver year after year, so his talent and experience will be a valuable asset for our team.
“With the great support we have from our sponsors, I feel honored to carry on Jason’s legacy and have the opportunity to put the JJR No. 41 back in victory lane next year.”
“It’s an honor to have Phil Dietz stick it out to be a part of what him and Jason Johnson built in 2010,” added Bobbi Johnson. “We are looking forward to seeing what 2019 has in store for us.”