Gavin Johnson, Development Manager for Cooper Tire Europe’s Avon Tyres Motorsport department in Melksham, UK, has won the prestigious Lone Star JR Johnny Rutherford Award presented by Pennzoil, Mazda and IndyCar Ministry. Created to honor the IndyCar participant who best exemplifies outstanding character, integrity and service, Johnson was awarded with a custom trophy and a $1,000 check.
Johnson’s name will be permanently engraved on the main trophy that resides in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) museum, next to Johnny Rutherford’s Pennzoil yellow submarine – the nickname given to Rutherford’s bright yellow car that won the Indianapolis 500 for the first time in 1980.
The IndyCar Ministry is dedicated to providing spiritual support and counseling to the IndyCar Series drivers, teams, and staff, both on and off the track. The IndyCar Ministry began when the Indy Racing League was founded in 1996. With the exciting growth of IndyCar, the need for our ministry is even greater. With increased pressures and demands on drivers, teams, officials, and their families, the ministry is available to assist in many different ways. IndyCar Ministry provides support in times of crisis as well as encouragement during the challenging times of racing. We minister to the Verizon Indy Car Series as well as the Mazda Road to Indy, including Indy Lights, Pro Mazda, and USF2000. Our ministry also touches the hundreds of personnel involved in any given race weekend including the safety team members, officials, hospitality providers, and support personnel.