BIKER STEVE JOHNSON GIVES HAWAII RACETRACK PUSH A BOOST
UPDATED - Kapolei High School Friday July 13th from 6pm - 8pm.
Come and join NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle pilot Steve Johnson and candidates for Hawaii political office who will help our motorsports community on Oahu get another racetrack once again.
You can win a 'Race the Vote' RaceQuip helmet, win Miller Welding Gloves and many more prizes.
The movement for another motorsports facility in Hawaii just got another boost with the announcement NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Steve Johnson will headline a July 13 campaign event in Honolulu.
Johnson will attend a “Race the Vote” political rally – something he has done before for the cause – and will help give away a Racequip helmet autographed by NHRA bike colleague Karen Stoffer and himself.
Racequip, Miller Welding, and CA Conversions are among the companies donating gift prizes at the event, which will feature live entertainment and – according to organizer Tracy Arakaki – “ono” (Hawaiian for “delicious”) food from the popular Kalihi-area Japanese restaurant Matsumoto's.
Arakaki, a Honolulu TV program host and owner of Punish’Um Motorsports, is a candidate for the Hawaii State House of Representatives District 33 seat (Aiea-Halawa Heights).
Key to Arakaki’s platform is the “I Race. I Vote. I Want A Racetrack” movement. Hawaii Raceway Park, a Division 7 hotspot that produced such outstanding mechanics as Todd and Scott Okuhara, closed April 1, 2006. It had enjoyed a storied run from July 4, 1964, but it became yet another racing victim of urban sprawl. And Arakaki has lobbied tirelessly for a replacement for the Oahu facility, aiming for a revival of motorsports-industry businesses and consumer-market auto mechanic training programs, a decline in street-racing activity, and an environment for racers to gain experience.
Arakaki is launching an “I Race - I Vote” T-shirt line and said, “One-hundred percent of the proceeds will be used to buy more air time for the public service announcements” he has filmed that feature messages from Johnson, Stoffer, Todd Okuhara, and 2016 Funny Car champion Ron Capps. Some of the T-shirts sport autographs of the NHRA pros.
The shirts are available online at gofundme.com/racethevote and at RacetheVote.com.
Stoffer was featured in the June 29 episode of Punish’Um Motorsports’ TV program on Honolulu Station KFVE. Johnson, like Stoffer in late May, will travel to Honolulu to promote Arakaki’s efforts and was introduced in television show.
Kalitta Air flew in the “Race the Vote” drag bike for the rally, at which selected candidates who support a new racetrack on Oahu will appear with Arakaki.