Luke Johnson Confirmed to Pilot AWD Trick Truck for Team C Racing
Lake Elsinore, CA
Off road racing technology has officially turned the corner, and it is the new all-wheel drive (AWD) Trick Trucks like Mason Motorsportsplatform that is pushing the evolution. Team C Racinghas two of these machines in the stable and has confirmed Luke Johnson to pilot their latest AWD Trick Truck in the upcoming Best In The Desert,Vegas To Reno (V2R) off road race.
In preparation for the grueling 550 mile one day desert race known as “The Longest Off-Road Race in the United States”, Team C Racing in conjunction with Mason Motorsports have pulled out all the stops to thoroughly test the state-of-the-art Trick Truck. Additionally, it was critical for Luke to get familiar with the race car and acclimated with Team C’s racing program.
“I am really excited to team up with Team C Racing,” stated Johnson. Luke is a multi-category short course off road racing champion who is now parlaying that experience into a blossoming desert racing career. “I have driven a Mason Motorsports 6100 truck before and qualified on the pole for the 2017 Baja 250 & Baja 500. I knew they were awesome truck builders, but these AWD machines have officially ruined me for life! By far the coolest thing I have ever driven. It feels incredibly balanced and the vehicle’s acceleration was simply stunning.”
“We were very impressed with Luke’s driving talents, abilities and believe he is a good fit to our team culture,” declared Jeremy “JJ” Johnson, Team Manager for Team C Racing. “We are excited to be able to add him to our already strong driver line-up and present him with an opportunity to excel as part of a single focused team effort.”
“After a very successful first test with Luke in our AWD truck we are really excited to have him both a part of the Team C Driver Line up and piloting a Mason Motorsports Trick Truck,” stated Neal Mason of Mason Motorsports. “Luke exceeded all of our expectations.” Team owner Larry Connor and Luke Johnson’s father, Ricky Johnson (7x AMA National Champion & Legendary off road racer) will share driving duties with Luke for Team C Racing.
( Ricky Johnson – 2012 TORC Rick Huseman Memorial Cup Champion )
Two dreams coming true at the same time. For me to get this ride with Team C Racing at this point in my career is a dream come true. Now to have my son Luke on the team with Larry Connor and I is also a dream come true. I feel we have the right balance of everything from the team owner, team management, truck design, prep, navigators and teammates and now I get to share this with my son.” said Ricky Johnson.
“Growing up racing against or along side my dad has always been a dream of mine. We never got the chance in short course to race against each other due to timing. But with this opportunity with Team C Racing I have the chance to race with him and it’s a dream come true.” stated Luke.
The main objective for Luke Johnson is to use Vegas To Reno as a real world competitive test environment for the 2018 SCORE Baja 1000. Luke will run all 550 miles of V2R and the third leg of the Baja 1000. “We are using BITD as a shakedown, and to test mine & the vehicle’s endurance,” explained Luke. “Whatever we can learn out in the Nevada desert to possibly work out any issues with longevity and just get it to live to the finish line at maximum performance, we will be miles ahead.”
“I want to thank Team C Racing for this opportunity,” Johnson went on. “Everything is second to none. Team C Racing does a phenomenal job with the race prep, the pits, the whole outfit is on point. Everything is top notch and I could not be more excited to be a part of it.”
Look for Luke Johnson and the new Team C Racing AWD Trick Truck racing through the desert trails of the Best In the Desert’s Vegas To Reno happening August 15th-18th. Time Trials will take place on Wednesday the 15th, Contingency and Technical Inspection on the 16th, and the race will start Friday the 17th.
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