ROCKY MOUNT, Mo. – Carson Macedo has been tabbed to continue the legacy of the late Jason Johnson and will pilot the No. 41 Jason Johnson Racing sprint car in both the 360 and 410 Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway.
As part of that 10-day stretch of racing, the JJR “Dream Team” plans to race in the 28th Annual 360 Knoxville Nationals, Aug. 2-4; the seventh-annual Weld Racing Capitani Classic at Knoxville Raceway, Aug. 5; and the 58th annual 5-hour Energy Knoxville Nationals, Aug. 8-11.
As part of the 410 Nationals, Macedo will also continue Johnson’s legacy by competing in the SPEED SPORT Challenge, held annually on the Friday of Nationals week and set this year for Aug. 10.
The SPEED SPORT Challenge features numerous international sprint car stars competing against American talent that has competed overseas in the year leading up to the Knoxville Nationals.
While the team’s plans for the balance of the season are still not clear-cut, the goal for the squad is to run select World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series shows, with Macedo behind the wheel as his race schedule and obligations allow.
“Being able to give a talented driver an opportunity was the next part of Jason’s dream and vision for our race team,” said team owner Bobbi Johnson, Jason Johnson’s widow. “It was so important to Jason that we build a solid race team and operation so we could be car owners and give young drivers the same opportunity afforded to him throughout his career.
“Jason was impressed with Carson, not only as a race car driver, but also as a person. We are so honored to have him drive for our JJR No. 41 team.”
Macedo is a fourth-generation driver from Lemoore, Calif., who has experience driving both winged and non-winged sprint cars and midgets. He moved to Central Indiana to further refine and develop his career as a professional sprint car driver.
The 22-year-old is currently leading the All Star Circuit of Champions point standings piloting the famed Joe Gaerte Racing No. 3G. He is also a former World of Outlaws winner, crossing the finish line first on the opening night of the Gold Cup Race of Champions in 2014 at Silver Dollar Speedway.
His passion for racing started when he was five years old and Macedo continues to fuel his desire and dedication by matching his talents inside the car with his strong work ethic, integrity, enthusiasm for the sport and life, as well as his commitment to success on and off the track.
“I am so thankful to be chosen for this opportunity,” said Macedo. “Jason Johnson was a hero in our sport. I always really looked up to what he was able to accomplish as an independent owner/driver, something not many have the determination to balance the responsibility of, but Jason did it flawlessly. I am thrilled to be able to be part of this dream with Bobbi, Jaxx, Philip and all the JJR guys.
“I really have to thank Jason Meyers and Tommy Tarlton, as they have helped make this ‘teaming up’ connection. I cannot express how much I appreciate them helping to make this possible for me,” Macedo added. “Jason Johnson worked hard to put a lot of good people together to achieve a goal. Between the JJR team and all of these partners on board that are helping to make this happen, I hope he is looking down smiling.”