The scion of a racing lineage, Johnson, will helm the NAPA-sponsored Chevrolet Camaro for a sequence of exhibition rounds at the Townsville 500 weekend.
The vehicle was formerly driven by Chase Elliott in the 2016 NASCAR Cup Series and had been transported to Australia for marketing activities several years ago.
Johnson had previously handled the car at the Adelaide F1 Flow Festival earlier this year, though this occasion marks the first time it will appear on the track during a Supercars event.
NAPA has connections to Supercars via its affiliate company Repco, the main sponsor for both the series and the Bathurst 1000.
In addition, there’s a tie between the Johnson family and NASCAR, with Jett’s grandfather, Dick Johnson, having participated in the American series during the 1980s.
Beyond the NASCAR demonstration, Jett Johnson will also compete in the Townsville event in his NAPA-supported Nissan Altima Super3 car.
Johnson expressed his excitement about the upcoming event, saying, “Taking the NAPA NASCAR to Townsville will be really thrilling. It’s a true NAPA NASCAR that has experienced the tracks in America, it’s powerful, aesthetically pleasing, and I’m sure the fans will thoroughly enjoy seeing it race on the track. The car is incredibly fun to drive as it’s noisy and energetic. I look forward to the extra laps it’ll give me beyond my Super3 rounds. Having the genuine NASCAR raced by NASCAR champion Chase Elliott here in Australia is an amazing opportunity for fans to get a taste of authentic American racing.”
He continued, “Townsville’s race track is one of my favorites. The atmosphere and the racing experience there are phenomenal, and I’m eager to return to Townsville’s streets to participate in both the NAPA Supercar and NASCAR events.”
The Townsville 500 is scheduled for July 7-9.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about NASCAR demonstration
What type of car will Johnson be driving during the Townsville 500 weekend?
Johnson will be driving a NAPA-backed Chevrolet Camaro, which was previously raced by Chase Elliott in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2016.
Has the car been featured on-track during a Supercars event before?
No, this will be the first time the car is featured on-track during a Supercars event. However, Johnson had previously driven the car at the Adelaide F1 Flow Festival earlier this year.
What is the connection between NAPA and Supercars?
NAPA is linked to Supercars through its sister company Repco, which is the naming rights sponsor for both the Supercars series and the Bathurst 1000.
Is there a connection between the Johnson family and NASCAR?
Yes, there is a connection between the Johnson family and NASCAR. Jett’s grandfather, Dick Johnson, had raced in the US series in the 1980s.
Besides the NASCAR demonstration, will Jett Johnson be participating in any other races in Townsville?
Yes, in addition to the NASCAR demonstration, Jett Johnson will also be competing in his NAPA-backed Nissan Altima Super3 car during the Townsville event.
When is the Townsville 500 taking place?
The Townsville 500 is scheduled to take place on July 7-9.