Jason Johnson was born and raised in Eunice, Louisiana, a city located in Acadia and St. Landry parishes in the heart of Cajun country. At an early age Jason had an interest in cars, especially race cars that went fast. Since then, the full-time racer who is also popularly referred to in the racing world as the Ragin’ Cajun and the Cajun Sensation, has established himself as one of the most competitive and successful race car drivers in the world of sprint car racing. He started piloting open cockpit cars in 1993. Since he began racing he has registered 245 career victories. Jason has captured those victories in a variety of forms/types of race cars such as: stock cars; mini sprints; outlaw winged modifieds; 360 sprint cars; and, 410 sprint cars. This experience and success has positioned him as a leading contender when he arrives in the pit area of every track across the United States and when he competes in Australia. In 1998, Jason began traveling and competing nationally while garnering victories and podium finishes along the way in a variety of series to include the World of Outlaws (WoO), All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC), American Sprint Car Series (ASCS), World Series of Sprintcars (WSS), Pennsylvania Posse (PA Posse), and the National Championship Racing Association (NCRA).
In addition to his success on the track as a driver, Jason and his wife Bobbi accomplished another career goal and milestone in 2010 when they became team owners after establishing Jason Johnson Racing (JJR). In their inaugural season as driver/owners, they enjoyed success quickly as they won both the driver’s and owner’s championship point titles in the competitive Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour Championship series. Not content, they followed that up with three consecutive owner’s championship titles in 2012, 2013 and 2014 to bring their total to four as owners. Jason’s first driver’s championship came in 2008 while driving for Mr. Lanny Row and Alan Row aboard The Shop Motorsports #41 entry. He then won his second championship in 2010 followed by the last three in 2012, 2013 and 2014 making him a 5-time ASCS National Tour champion.
Another highlight for Jason and Bobbi in 2013, besides enjoying their championship success on the track, was one of life’s special moments – the birth of their son. In May of 2013, they welcomed a new member to their family and team as Jaxx Hosea Johnson was born. Since then the bond between racing and their family has never been stronger. The focus and value the driver and team put on family is very evident at home, around the track and in victory lane.
In 2015, Jason and Bobbi along with their long-time sponsorship partner made the decision to challenge themselves and their race team to enhance their racing exposure and branding opportunities as they elected to join the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series on a full-time basis. As they acclimated to the ultra-competitive racing series, a series that travels across the United States to complete against the best 410 sprint car racers on their home turf, an unfortunate and untimely accident at Placerville Speedway in California sidetracked his inaugural season with the World of Outlaws as he was seriously injured. While the driver was recuperating, Jason put on hi owner’s hat and fielded his JJR #41 entry with a formidable and capable group of replacement drivers that included: two-time World of Outlaws Champion Jason Meyers; Australian star Jamie Veal; and, three-time World of Outlaws Champion Sammy Swindell. Each of the drivers did a terrific job filling the vacated seat due to Jason’s injury in the Priority Aviation Services, LLC/Fischer Body Shop #41 Maxim entry. Jason returned to the cockpit during the latter part of the season that culminated in a 12th place finish in the season long point standings, as well as, being recognized as the 2015 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year.
During the off season, Jason and the JJR team worked extremely hard to improved themselves as a race team – mind, body, spirit and all of the race equipment and strategy for the 2016 racing season. On March 23, 2016, he brought his story full-circle as he won at the same track he was seriously injured at one year prior, Placerville Speedway, as he was victorious in Brad Sweet’s Short Track Outlaw Showdown. It closed one chapter and has made the driver and team eager to add more victories to their history books. He then continued to write his story when he won the most prestigious sprint car race in the world on August 13, 2016 when he won the 56th Annual 5-Hour Energy Knoxville Nationals over Donny Schatz, Shane Stewart and Daryn Pittman with Kyle Larson rounding out the top five. A true testament to his hard work, dedication, persistence and focus on being the best in the business.
Everyone at Jason Johnson Racing (JJR) continues to stayed focused on building their success on and off the track. The 5-time ASCS National Tour Championship owner and driver, as well as the entire JJR team and organization along with their valued sponsorship partners are looking to continually improve on their winning ways. As Jason emphasizes, “At JJR it is very important to us as team to always strive to represent each of our sponsorship partners and their respective brands with the utmost professionalism, while delivering successful results on and off the track.” The Louisiana native continued, “We realize we can be a critical business partner to help them continue their business growth and create brand awareness and we take that responsibility seriously. For our team we recognize we have an opportunity to create meaningful exposure for their brands and products while delivering a return on their investment with our racing team as we travel and race across the country.” He concluded by highlighting, “We know the importance of driving results for our fans and sponsorship partners and work hard to deliver each and every day. We greatly appreciate all the support from all of our fans across the country and the meaningful friendships and relationships we have built with them and our sponsorship partners in our successful and family-focused operation and business.”
For more information on Jason, please visit http://www.jasonjohnsonracing.com/jjr/