Jason Johnson Racing will add a new driver and part owners for the 2021 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season.
Carson Macedo, of Lemoore, CA, rejoins JJR next year to run the full tour – his third full-time season with the Series. He replaces David Gravel, who ran two years with the team and is leaving at the end of 2020 to drive for Big Game Motorsports in 2021.
“I cannot express enough how extremely humbled and grateful I am for the opportunity to be back in the JJR #41,” said Macedo, who ran six World of Outlaws events for JJR in 2018. “Bobbi Johnson and everyone involved has continued to make this team a first-class organization with so many amazing people and supporters.
“Back in 2018, I got the opportunity to work with (JJR crew chief) Philip Dietz. Philip is an extremely dedicated and talented individual and I have no doubt that together we can accomplish some amazing things. I look forward to continuing Jason’s legacy and hope I can make his family, and everyone involved very proud. Bring on 2021.”
Along with the addition of Macedo, JJR crew chief Philip Dietz and his wife Brooke will take on an ownership stake in the team as current owner Bobbi Johnson looks to devote more of her time with her son Jaxx. Dietz will be responsible for directing all of the daily racing operations, strategy and sponsorship partner relationships, while Johnson will focus solely on operating the merchandise side of the business.
“I’m grateful for this opportunity and equally excited with the opportunity to work with Carson again,” Dietz said. “I am confident in our team and know we will work extremely well together. I look forward to realizing success quickly on and off the track. Carson has made a name for himself. So his passion, family values, team orientation, talent and experience will be valuable assets for our team.
“With the unwavering support from our sponsors, I feel honored to have an increased vested interest in JJR as an owner and have the opportunity to continue Jason’s legacy and dream. I look forward to helping put Carson and the JJR #41 back in Victory Lane throughout 2021 and for many years to come.”
While teamed up in 2018, Macedo and JJR finished second in the 360 Knoxville Nationals and finished sixth in the Knoxville Nationals. The highlights of their time together also included a fourth-place finish at Eldora Speedway and eighth-place run at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
Macedo joined Kyle Larson Racing in 2019 for his first full-time season with the Series. He earned the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year honors and collected four wins. This year, he’s earned one win with KLR, which is closing at the end of the season. Macedo has six career World of Outlaws wins in total and is poised to finish fifth in points this year.
Macedo and the team will kick off their new World of Outlaws tenure Feb. 5-7 for the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.
“It is such a blessing to have the opportunity to welcome Carson back,” Johnson said. “He has always had a special place in all of our hearts, especially Jaxx’s and mine, since he courageously stepped in and drove our car after Jason’s accident. Carson’s values, focus, team-oriented approach and goals align with our team and we look to get off to a fast start in 2021 with him behind the wheel.”
JJR is in contention for its first team championship this year. The team currently sits 30 points behind Kasey Kahne Racing, heading into Friday and Saturday’s season ending World of Outlaws Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. They’ve collected seven wins this season with Gravel earning six of them and Shane Stewart getting the seventh. Gravel will run the final two races for the team in Charlotte.
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