W.J. OK after testing crash, will attend Charlotte
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

by John Jodauga, National DRAGSTER

Six-time NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock champion Warren Johnson was not injured after crashing while testing his K&N Filters ’10 Pontiac GXP Pro Stock car at Atlanta Dragway Tuesday, April 12.

“We were just running to the eighth-mile, and I had already shut off when apparently the wind got hold of the car, and it started to drift,” said Johnson, the second-winningest driver in NHRA history with 97 event victories. “This is the first time I’ve ever had this happen after I have backed off the throttle. We had wind gusts of up to 35 mph today, and it happened apparently right after I had gone past the bleachers, which let the wind pass through.”

Johnson said that the left front end made contact with the guardwall, and after the car “tried to get to the top of the wall,” it came down on its roof and slid past the finish line.

“I was able to get out of the car myself, and I was just checking to make sure there was no fire. I don’t have any injuries to speak of, and I’m probably more upset that it happened than anything else.” W.J. said that  the car will go back to chassis builder Jerry Haas’ shop for repairs, which will entail tube work up front and “body-panel replacement panels more than anything.”

Johnson most likely will drive son Kurt’s Chevy Cobalt for the Charlotte and Houston national events and expects to have the Pontiac back in time for the Atlanta race in mid-May.
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