Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
March 1, 2003
Photos By: Steve Turner

With the NMRA finals taking place the last weekend of September, attending the Bowling Green race was the fur-thest thought from his mind. However, Michael's buddies at the firehouse knew about his racing endeavors and insisted he attend the finals. They would cover for him so he could go-and he's glad he went. "The Bowling Green race was the most fun I've ever had," Michael says. He was even chosen to raise the flag prior to eliminations, for which he was honored and thankful to the NMRA for its remembrance of September 11.

Though he didn't win the Bowling Green finals, Michael did get his first win at the NMRA's '02 opener at Bradenton. It's interesting how it all played out because he was unchallenged in the final. We all watched his fire-engine-red Mustang go down the track, with just the sound of Michael bangin' gears. Kinda fitting, don't you think? 5.0

ENGINE AND DRIVETRAIN
Block ’69 302
Displacement 306
Heads GT-40, T&D roller rockers
Camshaft Stock 5.0
Intake Ford Racing Performance
  Parts Cobra
Throttle Body Accufab 65mm
Mass Air Pro-M 75mm
Fuel System Aeromotive fuel pump,
  lines, and fuel rails; FRPP 24-lb/hr injectors, Paxton fuel-pressure regulator
Exhaust Bassani headers, custom X-pipe,
  DynoMax mufflers
Power Adder “I wish!”
Transmission Ed Smith Liberty
  Pro-Shifted T5, Centerforce clutch,
  Pro-5.0 shifter
Driveshaft FRPP aluminum
Rearend 8.8, Strange Pro-Race axles and spool, 4.30/4.56 gears

ELECTRONICS
Engine Management FRPP EPEC, tuned
  by Jimmy LaRocca
Ignition MSD
Gauges Auto Meter

CHASSIS AND SUSPENSION
FRONT SUSPENSION
K-Member Stock
Struts Lakewood 90/10, HPM
  caster/camber plates
Springs Moroso
Brakes Aerospace discs
Wheels Monocoque
Tires 165R15 radials
  Rear Suspension
Traction Device HPM lower control arms, Wolfe Race Craft double-adjustable uppers and single-adjustable antiroll bar
Shocks AVO double-adjustable
Springs Stock
Brakes Aerospace discs
Wheels Monocoque
Tires BFGoodrich Drag Radials 275/60/15
Chassis Stiffening Tony’s Metal Craft
  10-point cage and through-the-floor
  subframe connectors