AC/DC front man and Sarasota Café Racer will race at the Daytona Rolex 24 to raise one million dollars to support families affected by pediatric cancer.
They will be competing on Daytona’s 3.56-mile, 12-turn Speedway road course in the premier DP Category, Grand-Am Rolex Series. Daytona Prototypes typically have 500 horsepower engines and a top speed of 195 mph.
Brian Johnson and Byron DeFoor took advantage of an Historic Sportscar Racing event today to turn their first laps in a Daytona Prototype at Daytona International Speedway.
"In a nutshell, ahyeehaw!" said Johnson, who will join DeFoor, Elliott Forbes-Robinson, Jim Pace and Carlos de Queseda in the 50+ Racing/Predator Performance No. 50 BMW/Riley in the Rolex 24.
"It's terrifying ... it's wonderful ... it's all fantastic stuff for an enthusiast like me," Johnson continued.
"It's so quick, with the closing speeds and the braking. I'm used to driving vintage cars with technology from the Sixties and early-Seventies - this is rocket ship science." Johnson said he already exceeded his target lap time for the weekend in only his second session, with two more days remaining in the HSR event.
"I know the pros out there will be laughing at my times, but I think I can get another five seconds before the end of this weekend," Johnson said. "It's up to me now to concentrate and to listen to the experts like Jim Pace and Elliott Forbes-Robinson and help us realize our dream. Once I do this, I'll be the happiest man in the world."
Fans can begin participating in the one-million-dollar Highway to Help campaign today by texting “ACDC” to 501501or by making a donation of any amount at, http://www.hatcherfoundation.org/highwaytohelp/
Check out the official Grand-Am website at, http://www.grand-am.com/
For more information about the donation-supported Foundation’s mission and services (at no cost to the families), please visit, http://www.hatcherfoundation.org/