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Tommy Johnson Jr back behind the wheel of a fuel car.

by ryanyoung on Dec.30, 2009, under Uncategorized

TJ's Monster helmet

TJ's Monster helmet

Close up of the TJ Monster helmet

Close up of the TJ Monster helmet

Long time customer Tommy Johnson Jr. will once again be behind the wheel of a top fuel dragster. Tommy has taken a driving position at Don Schumacher Racing and will begin testing in Jan.

Excerpt taken from Competition plus.
“Johnson is slated to drive one of two Top Fuel dragsters destined for the Yas Marina circuit based in Abu Dhabi. The driver of the second car has yet to be determined.

Lee Beard will serve as Johnson’s crew chief.

“They [Yas Marina] will own them, we will build the cars and hire the crews,” said Schumacher.

Johnson’s last driving job was with Kenny Bernstein Racing, when he piloted the Monster Energy drink-sponsored Funny Car.

“After sitting out a year, it’s not nearly as exciting sitting on the sidelines watching as it is driving,” said Johnson. “I didn’t care if it was a dragster or a funny car; I just wanted to be back driving again. I missed competing.”

Johnson admits that with his competitive spirit that it was difficult to fill the role of spectator.

“If you’re not careful, it will beat you up mentally,” Johnson said. “The competitive drive in you heats up and you see others doing it and you want to too. It provides you with a lot of drive and determination to get back out there. The biggest thing that I had going for me is that a lot of other good drivers were out of work too.”

It will be great to see TJ back behind the wheel sporting his newest Indocil lid. Stay tuned to see Tommy’s newest helmet as soon as we get it completed.

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