NAPA BACKING FOR JOHNSON TRANS AM MUSTANG

Jett, Steven and Dick Johnson with the NAPA Mustang. Pic: Supplied

THIRD-GENERATION racer Jett Johnson will carry the support of NAPA Auto Parts for the remaining rounds of the 2022 Turtle Wax Trans Am Series.

The 17-year-old grandson of Supercars Hall of Famer Dick Johnson and son of Steven is in his first season of national competition having graduated through Hyundai Excel and state-based Trans Am racing.

Jett Johnson is now also a member of the NAPA Know How Motorsport Academy; a free service aimed at fast-tracking grassroots racing car drivers in Australia and New Zealand.

Round 3 of the Trans Am Series takes place this weekend at Mount Panorama in support of the Bathurst 6 Hour. Johnson sits 14th in standings ahead of his debut at the famed circuit.

“It’s awesome to have NAPA Auto Parts on our Team Johnson Trans Am car, and what better place to kick off the partnership than at Mount Panorama, which will be my first time at the track,” said Johnson.

“The thing I love about Trans Am is that for young kids like me, trying to forge a career in the sport, the cars have a really raw driving style.

“They have no traction control, no ABS, they have a lot of power and all of the cars are the same except the different body shells for Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge.

Jett and Steven Johnson. Pic: Supplied

“It’s a great class to be involved in and to have NAPA Auto Parts on my side is a real career highlight for me. 

“I’m grateful to be inducted into the NAPA Know How Motorsport Academy.

“I think it’s an unreal tool for any grassroots racer, any young future stars, or just anyone that wants to take the next steps in their racing career.

“The Academy offers a lot of tips and tricks to get the edge on their competition.”

The sponsorship was unveiled at Movie World on the Gold Coast. Pic: Supplied

While NAPA’s push in the Australian and NZ market is around grassroots racers, the company has a number of high-profile motorsport sponsorships worldwide including with Chase Elliot and Alexander Rossi in NASCAR and IndyCar respectively.

“We are so thrilled to welcome Jett to the NAPA family,” said NAPA Auto Parts Asia Pacific’s head of sponsorship Mitch Wiley. 

“The whole NAPA team across Australia and New Zealand can’t wait to cheer him on at Bathurst this weekend and for the rest of the Trans Am Series.

“Jett joins the NAPA Know How Motorsport Academy at a really exciting time, and we can’t wait to celebrate his development and growth as a future motorsport champion.”