Amos N. Johnson

Oldsmar FL

Amos carved two small niches in racing history when he won his Touring Under class in the first-ever IMSA GT race, 1971 at Virginia International Raceway, and two years prior raced in the first Talledega 500 … VIR was the first of 17 race wins for Team Highball in American Motors and Mazda cars in the GT classes, including the Daytona 24-hour in 1985-86-87-88; the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1982 and 1988, and twice in the Riverside six-hour … Amos and partner Dennis Shaw also excelled in IMSA’s International Sedan class (formerly “Baby Grand”) with another 17 wins and the 1973 season championship … he also competed in IMSA’s Kelly American Challenge, Renault Cup and Firehawk series, as well as SCCA Trans-Am … in the 1970s Amos led two-car American Motors assault on the Nurburgring 24-Hour race with fellow RRDC members Dennis Shaw, Lyn St. James and Jim Downing as his drivers …After retiring from the cockpit, Amos gave back to the sport by becoming IMSA’s Competition and Technical Director, where he wrote the rules for the World Sports Car class … he also held the same role in the former North American Touring Car Championship series.

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