Pratt & Miller Engineering, better known as Corvette Racing, is a business formed in 1989 by Gary Pratt and Jimmie Johnson. The company is run out of the Johnson Racing Porsche Motor Shop located in Geneva, Ohio. The owners own an extensive list of sponsors and their customers include some of the biggest names in NASCAR and American auto racing. However, they are not NASCAR licensed, and the company relies on the sponsorship of their drivers. They do, however, compete in some of the premier races of the country and have finished third, fifth, seventh, and eighth in major national events.
Both drivers entered their careers with the hope that one would win the championship, but it was Jimmie Johnson who won in 1997, while Gary Johnson was second. This season, Johnson is leading the series in points, and he is only five points behind in the championship. Johnson will need every point to retain the title in order to take the championship trophy home for his family.
There is some controversy surrounding the way Johnson has been racing for the championship, and that has included the fact that he won by default because his car was deemed to be a late model with a poor safety rating. He has been cited several times during the year for speeding, running red lights and even driving under the influence of alcohol. Some people say that these violations cost him the championship and he should have been disqualified. Others say that the violations are insignificant, and that he should not be penalized for the accidents or any type of infraction.
Johnson's opponents have tried to call him reckless during the season, and the other drivers have criticized him for taking a shortcut through the season, missing some of the races that he should have been racing in. There have also been accusations that he is trying to push the envelope in terms of speed, and it appears that he may be using illegal tactics in order to gain a victory. This season, he has made some major modifications to his car, but most agree that he is still not the fastest car in the race. He was originally racing a new-generation vehicle with a heavy engine and super-heavy body kit, but he decided to give it a restyle for the season and switch to a more powerful turbocharged and lighter Ford engine.
Some experts in the racing world feel that Johnson is still pushing the envelope and is trying to take advantage of his sponsors, and the high profile that he has earned in the industry. Johnson is sponsored by several of the biggest names in the industry, including Honda. and Chevrolet. His sponsors are well aware of his shortcomings in the field, and they are not happy with his attitude. He has received a lot of criticism during the season from those who feel that he is taking advantage of his sponsors and that he does not deserve the top spot in the championship standings.
Many people in the NASCAR community think that Johnson is a legitimate driver and that he is talented, but many are also concerned about the way he is using his sponsorship money. Most people in the sport believe that the championship could easily be won by someone else, but they still like the fact that he is driving for a high profile and respected manufacturer.