He?s flying stars, stripes
By RACHAEL BORICH
AMERICAN sprintcar driver Jason Johnson is philosophical about this game, the way he sees it he doesn't have a choice.
Johnson, 29, is the sole US driver in the field for the blockbuster World Series Sprintcars event round two at the Rockhampton Showgrounds tonight.
Sitting behind the wheel of a A$120,000 machine for the Supaloc Man of Steel team, which is based in Adelaide, Johnson wants a feature race finish.
In last weekend's opening round at Archerfield, Brisbane, Johnson qualified fourth fastest for the 30-lap feature race and was running third before he blew a tyre and exited the race.
Having raced sprintcars full time since 2000, after first testing the sprintcar scene in 1992 back in Louisiana, Johnson has the right attitude to persist with this tough, competitive sport.
"You can't get yourself down, or be too high,'' Johnson said. "You have to stay on a level playing field.''
Johnson has always raced sprintcars, mesmerised by their speed and wide open racing.
"You just go as hard as you can go.'' The field will work through hot laps, qualifiers, heats and dashes before booking a start in the final feature race.
Hot laps racing starts from 5.30pm tonight.