LAKEVILLE, Conn. Michael Johnson  had waited to win a race this big since he was parlayzed at 12 years old

The 25-year-old Johnson got that coveted win  at the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Lime Rock Park.

The TCR class victory went to the No. 54 JDC-Miller Motorsports team with drivers Stephen Simpson and Johnson. It was the first win for the group in the Continental Tire Challenge.

 

 

“I have been thinking about this win, coming in professional car racing since I broke my back,” Johnson said.“This is all the hard work over the years coming together and everyone gets to see that. It makes me so proud that I can prove to everyone that I’m the same as everyone else and that I deserve to be here, and I love to be here.

“I’m so proud, all the talking and now showing people that I can finally get them real results. It clearly shows that it can be done and I am so proud that I can show other people, and talk to them, that dreams can come true with lots of hard work.”

The team missed the first two races of the 10-round season after an incident at the Roar Before the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway in January broke Johnson’s leg and resulted in significant damage to the car.