Traverse City, Mich. – One year ago, Radar Tires racer Mike Johnson battled the rough terrain of the SCORE International Baja 500 en route to Radar Tires’ inaugural victory in long-course off-road racing. Johnson looks to repeat that win but has a rival Radar Tires racer – the SCORE International San Felipe 250 race winner and current Class 10 points leader Cody Robinson.
Radar Tires’ top finisher on Saturday was Luke Johnson, driver of the No. 14 Project648 Motorsports Nissan Frontier. Johnson started in ninth position of the 21 truck field. He was running strong until he was spun on Lap 5 and dropped to the very back of the pack. Johnson climbed back through the field and reached fifth position on Lap 14. In a dash to the finish, Johnson dropped to sixth.
Radar Tires enters its sophomore season of short course off-road racing by expanding the program into two series – The Off-Road Championship (TORC) and Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Championship (LOORRS).
Red Bull athlete Luke Johnson, the 2013 TORC Pro Buggy Champion and driver/owner of the No. 14 Project648 Motorsports Dodge Dakota, will campaign the full TORC season and a partial LOORRS season on Radar Tires. Fresh of his first Pro Buggy championship, Johnson returns to the Pro Light class for the first time since 2012.
ENSENADA, Mexico – Radar Tires enters this weekend’s 46th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 with two goals: win the Class 10 race and earn Radar Tires the Class 10 Unlimited championship title in the tire manufacturer’s inaugural off-road racing season.
Both goals are attainable based on the performance of Mike Johnson and Mike Majeksy, co-drivers of the No. 1031 Radar Tires Buggy. In March, during the SCORE International Baja 250, Johnson and Majeksy earned a third-place Class 10 Unlimited finish. Then Johnson raced solo during the Baja 500 in May and earned Radar Tires’ first long course, off-road racing win. As a result of the two podium finishes this season, Johnson heads into this weekend’s endurance race leading the Class 10 championship by just two points.
This week, Johnson and Majesky have been pre-running the course with the Bronson Motorsports team. The drivers and team have been inspecting the terrain, and setting the race strategy and pit stop locations to ensure they are set and prepared for the main event this weekend.
Singapore – In its rookie season of off-road motorsports, Radar Tires heads into the final SCORE International race next month with the Class 10 Unlimited points lead, courtesy of driver Mike Johnson and the Bronson Motorsports team. Johnson leads his competition by a small margin – just two points.
It’s a tiny lead on the field, but Johnson is determined to secure the Class 10 Unlimited Championship title. Johnson and Mike Majesky co-drove during the SCORE Baja 250 in March to a third-place finish. During the Baja 500 in May, Johnson drove solo and won the Class 10 race, which was Radar Tires’ first long course, off-road racing win.
Radar Tires customer Bill Belansky entered this weekend’s season finale Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Shootout at Lake Elsinore Motorsports with hopes of a Desert Buggy championship title. Belansky looks to win the championship title not only for his team, but also for his co-pilot in the race.
Co-driving with Belansky in the No. 3012 Kryptonight Industries Predator X18 buggy is Brian Meyer, Warfighter Made co-founder and wounded veteran. In addition, the buggy livery lists the names of 25 Recon Marines and Corpsmen that gave their lives for freedom.
Meyer served more than 12 years before medically retiring in March 2013. As a United States Marine, he served three tours – two in Iraq (Fallujah and Al Taqaddum) and one in Sangin, Afghanistan, in the Helmand Provence. Meyer was an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team Leader. In 2011, while attempting to defuse a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, it detonated. As a result, Meyer lost his right arm above the wrist, right leg below the knee and suffered severe damage to his left hand.
Singapore, June 3, 2013 –Radar Tires Racing and Bronson Motorsports driver/owner Mike Johnson conquered the 500 treacherous miles of Mexico’s Baja California Norte terrain on Saturday to earn a Class 10 victory during the 45th Annual SCORE International Baja 500 this weekend.
This class win marks the first victory for Radar Tires in SCORE International off-road competition. Johnson and the Radar Tires Racing Buggy finished 43 minutes ahead of the closest Class 10 competitor.
Mike ‘Ironman’ Johnson was the lone driver of the No.1031 Radar Tires Racing Buggy this weekend. The racing machine is an Alumicraft chassis, Class 10 buggy with special non-DOT size 33X10.50R15 Radar Renegade R5 race tires.
“Thanks to Bronson Motorsports crew for their efforts leading up to and during this race,” Johnson said. “The Radar Tires were great. I didn’t have one flat the entire time. We only changed the rear tires once, pitted twice and here we are winning the Baja 500. It was a great effort by the entire team. It was tough; it was brutal, but a lot of fun. The course was challenging at the beginning because you had a lot of dust to deal with, then the summit, then sand. Once you were on the Pacific side, there was silt, sand, rocks, and you name it, and it was there.”
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.