We met Michael Johnson at the USF2000 race at Mazda Raceway in September. Johnson is paralyzed from the waist down, but that doesn’t stop him from racing. After losing the use of his legs following a motocross action at age 12, Johnson’s determination led him to pursue a career in auto racing. With the help of a steering wheel that includes a brake and throttle, Johnson raced well enough to make the leap to Pro Mazda next year.
There are racers who have everything handed to them in life. There are others who have to earn it, sleeping in the garage or working on their own cars. There is also a third category: drivers who race against impossible odds. Think of Alex Zanardi as but one example, but there are more. Michael Johnson is one of those drivers. A young man who gives new meaning to the term “effort”, and a new understanding of what it means to be inspired.
60 for 60: to celebrate the end of our racing year, we’re posting the 60 favorite images we captured this season, one each day from November 1 to December 31.