Toyota hands over the keys to AX Champ Chad JohnsonTuesday, February 14, 2006 | 6:20 AM
The Yamaha-backed rider and first time Toyota AMA National
Arenacross Series champ handed the keys to a brand new Toyota truck on
Saturday in Denver
AURORA, Ill., (Feb. 13, 2006) – The drive back to Rhinelander, Wis., from Colorado is a long one, but rest assured newly crowned Toyota AMA National Arenacross Champion Chad Johnson (Yamaha) is enjoying every mile of it in his brand new Toyota Tacoma 4x4 – the pinnacle of prizes awarded in the long history of the sport of arenacross.
“I can’t begin to thank the folks at Toyota enough,” said Johnson, who rides for Yamaha. “Their backing of the sport of arenacross has elevated our sport to new levels. And I will drive that Tacoma 4x4 around proudly, representing not only as the ’06 Toyota AMA National Arenacross champion, but also proud to represent the company that backs our sport.”
To Johnson, the championship was a team effort and he jokingly added that the key figure in his quest for the Toyota AMA National Arenacross Series title, owner/manager/trainer/mechanic Junior Jackson, “Should have at least been given Camary or something.”
Toyota will donate another Tacoma 4x4 to the Toyota AMA Regional Arenacross Series champion at the conclusion of that series on March 18th in Omaha, Neb.
Johnson returns to action in another Toyota-backed series this weekend when the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series Eastern Lites class action picks back up at St. Louis’ Edward Jones Dome. Toyota is the presenting sponsor for the series.
Arenacross Class Overall Points Wins
1.) Chad Johnson 375 7
2.) Brock Sellards 375 7
3.) Kevin Johnson 325 3
4.) Jeff Northrop 306 1
5.) Greg Schnell 297
6.) Jim Neese 281
7.) Shawn Clark 235
8.) Zach Ames 209
9.) Scott Metz 169
10.) Jim Chester 141