At the age of 12 Michael Johnson suffered a paralyzing accident during a dirt bike race in Sarnia, Ontario, but that did not stop his career goals, only made them more of a challenge. A challenge he has accepted. Johnson now wishes to become the first paralyzed driver to participate in the IndyCar series and to race in the Indy 500. He began his karting career in 2007 in East Lansing, Michigan claiming the Junior Supercan Championships titles and earning “Driver of the Year.” In 2009 he took to competing in the Great Lakes pro Series posting six win in the Rotax class and 12 podium finishes in the Tag and Pro classes. In 2011 he finished third in the Skip Barber Summer series with three wins, seven podiums and 12 top-five finishes.
Hobbies: Hanging out with friends, watching movies, playing video games, traveling, training at the gym
Racing goal: Race in the Indy 500
Racing hero: Sebastian Vettel
My fitness routine includes: Work out with my trainer two-three days a week and therapy twice a week
Any pre-race rituals or superstitions: Always hope and pray for the best!
The one talent I wish I had: To be super flexible
An interesting note about me: I’m paralyzed from the hips down
2013: Finished 19th in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda … claimed a pair of season-best finishes of 12th at Houston. Announced move to Pro Mazda Championship series for 2014 season.
2012: Finished 15th in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda in his rookie season. Recorded his best finish of 10th at Road America, earning the Tilton Hard Charger Award for advancing 18 positions. Was the recipient of the USF2000 Spirit Award.
2011: Finished third in the Skip Barber Summer Series with three wins, seven podiums and thirteen top-five drives.
2010: Contested select Skip Barber Formula car events.
2009: Competed in the Great Lakes Pro Series posting six first-place finishes in the Rotax class and 12 podium finishes in the Tag and Pro classes.
2008: Competed in the Rotax Junior Class and Yamaha Can Series.
2007: Competed in regional karting events in East Lansing, Mich., claiming the Junior SuperCan Championship title and earning "Driver of the Year".
2002-2005: Pre-injury motorcycle racing history (incurred on August 13, 2005 in a dirt-track motorcycle race at Hiawatha Horse Park in Sarnia, Ontario ... contested the Kawasaki 65cc and CR85cc classes ... on his 12th birthday, finished third in the Junior Red Riders Supermoto Challenge in Reno, Nevada ... finished ninth in the national Red Riders Challenge Final at Las Vegas ... finished first in the Canadian Supermoto Series 85cc ... NasMoto Series champion (450cc) ... North East Regional national champion in 85cc and 250cc ... won a total of 14 championships by the age of 12.