Michael Johnson: Unbreakable Spirit

Michael Johnson | Racing Without Restrictions

Michael Johnson is fast.

No, not that Michael Johnson.

This is a different Michael Johnson. This Michael is different kind of “fast” from the 4x Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson. This Michael Johnson is 19-years-old and prefers formula racing to Olympic sprinting.

In fact, Michael is the first paralyzed driver in formula racing. He is currently competing in The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda – his first step to the Road to Indy.

Michael’s current series is an open-wheeled development program for drivers seeking a professional racing career. In fact, with modifications to his car and the use of medical devices, Michael is able to race with the best drivers in his series.

A 14-time motorcycle racing champion, Michael refused to give up his love for competitive racing after he sustained spinal cord injuries during a dirt-track competition in 2005. “My goal is to become the first paralyzed driver to win the Indy500,” Michael told Yahoo! Finance.

“My journey may seem unconventional, but we all have different paths to reach our potential and live life to the fullest. I might have some challenges here or there, but I’m never going to give up.”

That passion and determination is what has led multiple companies to financially sponsor and support Michael’s racing pursuits.

It’s amazing how his determination to continue racing led him to formula race cars – a place where fans of the sports never expected to see a paralyzed driver compete. Michael’s story goes to show that no matter what obstacles life puts in your way, if your spirit is unbreakable, you will find a way to live your passions.

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    Jake Thompson is the Chief Encouragement Officer for Compete Every Day. Before launching the motivational lifestyle brand, Jake served as a consultant, writer, and social media enthusiast to a number of companies in a variety of industries.