Luke Johnson to Pilot-All-Wheel-Drive Trick Truck at Vegas to RenoPosted in News on August 13, 2018
Off-road racing technology has officially turned the corner with the new all-wheel-drive (AWD) Trick Truck from Mason Motorsports. Team C Racing has two of these machines in the stable and has confirmed Luke Johnson will pilot their latest AWD Trick Truck in the upcoming Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno off-road race.
In preparation for the grueling 550-mile, one-day desert race known as “The Longest Off-Road Race in the United States,” Team C Racing, in conjunction with Mason Motorsports, has pulled out all the stops to thoroughly test the state-of-the-art Trick Truck. Additionally, it was critical for Luke to get familiar with the truck and acclimated to Team C’s racing program.
“I am really excited to team up with Team C Racing,” stated Johnson. Luke is a multi-category, short-course off-road racing champion who is now parlaying that experience into a blossoming desert racing career. “I have driven a Mason Motorsports 6100 truck before and qualified on the pole for the 2017 SCORE Baja 250 and Baja 500. I knew they were awesome truck builders, but these all-wheel-drive machines have officially ruined me for life! By far the coolest thing I have ever driven. It feels incredibly balanced and the vehicle’s acceleration was simply stunning.”
"We were very impressed with Luke's driving talents, abilities, and believe he is a good fit to our team culture,” said Jeremy "JJ" Johnson, team manager for Team C Racing. “We are excited to be able to add him to our already strong driver lineup and present him with an opportunity to excel as part of a single focused team effort." Team owner Larry Connor and Luke Johnson’s father, Ricky Johnson (seven-time AMA National Champion and legendary off-road racer), will share driving duties with Luke for Team C Racing.
“Growing up racing against or alongside my dad has always been a dream of mine,” said Luke. “We never got the chance in short course to race against each other due to timing.”
The main objective for Luke Johnson is to use Vegas to Reno as a real-world competitive test environment for the 2018 SCORE Baja 1000. Luke will run all 550 miles of Vegas to Reno, and the third leg of the Baja 1000.