Paralyzed racer Michael Johnson back for another year of Pro Mazda


Michael Johnson will look to grow in his second season in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, after finishing 13th in his first. He’ll return to JDC Motorsports once again.

Johnson, of course, is the first and only paralyzed driver licensed by INDYCAR to compete in the Mazda Road to Indy, which prepares drivers for the Verizon IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500. Johnson follows an aggressive physical therapy program and drives a specialty-equipped racecar with hand controls.

“We are super excited to continue our relationship with Michael and his family,” JDC Motorsports team owner John Church said in a release. “Michael continues to improve his performance each and every time he is in the car and has made huge gains during winter testing.  This year should prove to be a great one!”

Johnson’s story was featured on the famous NASDAQ Times Square Tower as part of their “Ignite Your Ambition” campaign in New York City in December.