MOORESVILLE, N.C. and HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. — Sept. 21, 2016 — The numbers are staggering: Since World War II, over 87,800 American servicemen and women are still considered “Missing in Action.”
Add to that number the more than 130,000 American warfighters who were captured and held as Prisoners of War during World War II alone and it’s hard to imagine more sobering facts that millions of family members and loved ones live with everyday.
It’s for these reasons that MyComputerCareer and Team Johnson Motorsports came together this race season in an effort to promote the cause of American Prisoners of War, the Missing-in-Action, and Veterans, as well as their friends, loved ones and supporters.
The Team Johnson Motorsports Backstory
Jack Johnson got his start in the race business as a young boy growing up in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota (population 1,200). Turns out Jack’s dad raced autos around Minnesota and throughout the Midwest, which led to Jack climbing behind the wheel as a dirt track driver as a 16-year-old, something he did until he enlisted in the United States Army three years later during the latter part of the Vietnam War.
After his honorable discharge in 1974, Jack returned to Minnesota to enter college on the G.I. Bill and return to racing, a profession he pursued until his early thirties when he began promoting racetracks around the Midwest. Then in the mid-1990s, Jack purchased two racetracks, one in Minnesota and another in Missouri, which created a three-generation racing family as Jack shuttled his wife and kids back and forth between the two states.
In spite of hating the menial jobs and chores at the family racetracks, Jerick Johnson eventually followed his father’s footsteps as a professional driver, something Jerick still does on occasion today. But in 2002, father Jack sold the tracks and moved his family to Mooresville, North Carolina (aka, “Race City USA”) where Jack and Jerick formed Team Johnson Motorsports as a vehicle to support the younger Johnson in his race career. Given Jack Johnson’s military service and personal connection to loss during wartime, Team Johnson Motorsports launched what is now known as the POW-MIA Freedom Car.
“As a retired serviceman, you’re automatically connected to every soldier, sailor, pilot or Marine who served (or is currently serving) in the military,” Jack Johnson said. “And the reality is that there are casualties in war, from the front lines to the home front, whether soldiers are wounded, killed, captured or missing-in-action. And that impacts not just warfighters, but also their friends, families and loved ones. With over 1,600 servicemen still unaccounted for from Vietnam, plus over 210,000 American POWs since World War II, we decided to create the POW-MIA Freedom Car as a way to tell servicemen and women (and their families) that we love and support them and honor them for their sacrifice.”
The POW-MIA Freedom Car and 2016 Title Sponsor: MyComputerCareer
Launched in 2010, this season’s edition of the POW-MIA Freedom Car is a 2,750-pound 2016 Chevy Impala SS with a 4-speed, 500 horsepower engine with a top speed of 150 mph on “short tracks.” The POW-MIA Freedom Car has competed in short-track, Late Model Class Regional NASCAR races throughout the South and Midwest this season, with 20-year-old developmental driver, Jake Spillers, typically behind the wheel. In fact, Spillers led Team Johnson Motorsports to Victory Lane in the POW-MIA Freedom Car at one of the last Late Model NASCAR races to be held at the historic Columbus Motor Speedway in Obetz, Ohio in late August.
Based in Holly Springs, North Carolina, MyComputerCareer, Inc. is one of the leading adult technical schools in the U.S., with courses taught both online and at its eight campuses in Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina and Texas. Students who complete MyComputerCareer’s rigorous seven- or 10-month Information Technology courses are then capable of earning up to 14 highly valuable I.T. Certifications in areas ranging from Operating Systems to Computer Networks and Cyber Security, certificates that are often required even for those with four-year college degrees.
“Our courses are perfect for someone fresh out of high school or for someone looking to change careers, and that includes servicemen and women looking to return to civilian life,” said Tony Galati, Founder and CEO of MyComputerCareer. “Not only do we offer ideal solutions for returning members of the military who want to jumpstart their I.T. careers, but the patriotic professionals who make up MyComputerCareer are proud to be Americans. And I can’t think of a better way to honor our current and past warfighters, and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, than to be the 2016 Title Sponsor of the POW-MIA Freedom Car.”
Individuals interested in learning more about the POW-MIA Freedom Car should visit FreedomCar.org. Conversely, those seeking more information about MyComputerCareer should take the FREE Career Evaluation online at MyComputerCareer.edu or call its information line at 866-606-6922.
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Contacts for Team Johnson Motorsports and its POW-MIA Freedom Car:
Debby Johnson, Team Johnson Motorsports, info@GOtjm.com, 704-658-9988
Contacts for MyComputerCareer.edu: