Mittag, 19, is subbing for the recovering Mike Johnson. The Temecula, Calif., native has been racing for six years. So far this season, he has earned five podium finishes, including two wins in the Traxxas TORC Off Road Series. In 2012, in his LOOORS ProLite debut race at Firebird Raceway, he finished third. The young racer has also competed in the M4SX Series.
Following a rough start to the 2013 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) season, Mike Johnson, driver of the No. 31 Bronson Motorsports Toyota Tacoma sponsored by Radar Tires, took a vacation to Costa Rica following the Las Vegas races in April. Johnson’s goal – rid himself of the monkey on his back.
Sans the monkey, Johnson returned to California, refreshed, refocused and determined to finish on the Pro Lite Unlimited class podium for Rounds Five and Six of LOORRS at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Southern California.
Since luck was not on Johnson’s side in Las Vegas, the team’s secret weapon this weekend will be friends and family. The Bronson Motorsports race shop in Murietta, California, is approximately 15 miles from Lake Elsinore. Home dirt advantage should prove beneficial to the team, due to the local ties and April test session.