POW-MIA Freedom Car to make appearance at Carteret County Speedway
One of the most recognizable cars in Pro Late Model racing will be on hand for Saturday’s Richlands Tire Service Crystal Coast Classic at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway.
The POW-MIA Freedom Car, piloted by 41-year-old Jerick Johnson, was created to increase awareness about Prisoners of War and American soldiers Missing in Action.
Leading into the Carolina Pro Late Model Series race on Saturday, Johnson’s Freedom Car will also be on display at the Moore’s Old Tyme Barbeque Chicken & Seafood location in Morehead City on Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“The Freedom Car was created by Team Johnson Motorsports as a way to raise awareness of the POW-MIA issue and educate future generations that no soldier be left behind or forgotten,” said Johnson, the son and grandson of military veterans. “With Helping Heroes, a non-profit, on board this year, we have been able to use our You Are Not Forgotten campaign to expand to nowadays veterans and the problems they may have.”
Johnson runs nearly 20 races per year and makes over 50 appearances a year with his car. On Saturday, he will be one of 14 drivers to take the green flag in the 100-lap Carolina Pro Late Model Series feature race. He looks forward to racing at Carteret County Speedway.
“I have heard a lot of great things about the facility,” Johnson said. “Bob [Lowery] and the race track have done a great job of working with us to help veterans. We will have a booth with our POW-MIA awareness wristbands in the grandstand and buckets will be placed around for donations to Helping Heroes. Tony Galati, founder of Helping Heroes, is singing the National Anthem and a few veterans that won prizes get to ride in the pace car. We will come do our thing with the car and always expect to run up front but everything we do is what we love. We are coming off a race win in Missouri and an awesome trip to Ft. Leonardwood and Brandon, so back-to-back wins would be nice.”
Johnson will face off with local favorites such as Sarah Cornett-Ching and Josh Van Winkle as well as series points leader Nick Loden.
The Carolina Pro Late Model Series headlines Saturday’s race and will be joined by the Carolina Crate Modified Series, Street Stocks, Bombers, U-CARs, Legends, and Jr. Mini Cups. Pre-race festivities will begin at 5 p.m. and the green flag will drop at 6:15 p.m.
Tickets are available at the gate on race day for $15 for adults while kids 10 and under are admitted free.
For more information about Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway, visit the track’s official website at www.carteretspeedway.com, “like” Carteret County Speedway on Facebook or follow @carteretcoswy on Twitter and Instagram.