Lime Rock Pre-Race


23-year-old paralyzed BMW driver Heads Back To The East Coast To Close out July


LAKEVILLE, CT (July 22, 2016) – American paralyzed BMW driver Michael Johnson continues an aggressive summer racing schedule with this weekend’s race at Lime Rock Park in rural Connecticut. The 23-year-old looks to continue his consistent runs in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series.

“I'm really excited to get back racing at Lime Rock Park,” said Johnson. “I've had some good success there in the past so hopefully we can have a great race. Everyone from JDC Miller-Motorsports has been working very hard on this BMW 228i M Sport and I'm ready to improve even more!”

Lime Rock Park, a hamlet in the town of Salisbury, opens for practice on Fri., July 22 at 10:05 a.m., followed by an early afternoon practice and qualifications at 3:25 p.m. The Continental Tire Road Race Showcase will be contested on Sat., July 23 at 10:00 a.m. (all times Eastern). The race will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by FOX Sports, and but will be streamed, live, on

Johnson and his Street Turner (ST) class co-driver, Cape Town South Africa’s Stephen Simpson, will be touring the 1.5-mile natural-terrain 7-turn road-racing venue through a mix of uphill and downhill twists and turns. Their BMW is a specially equipped with hand controls, provided by GuidoSimplex, due to Johnson’s paralysis. The car features a complicated brake, gearshift and throttle system, with which Johnson uses his hands to control systems other drivers manipulate with their feet.

In addition to primary backing from Universal Coating, Johnson’s racing efforts are also supported by: Arai Helmets, OMP, and BraunAbility® Wheelchair Vehicles & Wheelchair Lifts.