Date of Birth: October 10, 1986
Residence: Mooresville, NC
Billy Johnson made his racing debut in 2000 at the age of 13 racing go-karts. The half-Japanese Californian has won multiple championships at the local, regional, to national level. In 2003, Billy moved up into auto racing after winning the Skip Barber Racing School scholarship. The next day he flew to Valencia, Spain and won another scholarship from BMW AG for the inaugural season of the Formula BMW USA championship. Billy Finished 5th in the 2004 Formula BMW championship and received the Sportsman of the Year award.
Billy has raced in the NASCAR Nationwide, Grand Am Rolex, Grand Am/IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC), Speed World Challenge, Formula Star Mazda Pro, Formula BMW, Skip Barber Regional and National Series, Super Street Time Attack, Redline Time Attack, and many import tuner shootouts and competitions for magazines. In those series, Billy acquired 44 wins, 96 top five finishes, and an additional 116 top ten finishes. Billy is also a private instructor for various regional and national race series’.
In the past 5 years, Billy has more victories and top-3 podium finishes than any driver in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) Series with 14 wins, 34 podiums, and 41 top five finishes.
Billy’s NASCAR Nationwide series road course entries have represented credible challenges for wins, and his oval starts showed quick take-up of the specialized craft.
2011 was Billy’s best season to date finishing second in the driver’s championship for the Grand-Am CTSCC – GS class in the No. 61 Ford BOSS 302R with Jack Roush Jr. His three wins and eight podium finishes were more than any other driver in either class of the CTSCC series.
Besides working on his driving career, Billy is a graduate from Cal State University, Fullerton with a degree in Business Administration. Billy also works as a test driver for automobile and tire manufacturers, as a driver for manufacturer demonstration days, and does setup and chassis development for aftermarket tuning companies.
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