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.
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... contested the Kawasaki 65cc and CR85cc classes... finished third in the Junior Red Riders Supermoto... finished first in the Challenge at Las Vegas.. finished first in the Canadian Supermoto Series 85cc... NasMoto Series champion (450cc)... North East Regional national champion in 85cc and 250cc.