The Wanneroo driver will join fellow two-time champion Ryal Harris and George Miedecke in the Matt Stone team and will steer Harris� former Ford. Harris will now drive Peter Burnitt�s Ford.
This will be the fourth time that Johnson has raced a Ford, (he raced Danny Buzadzic�s at Clipsal, Townsville and Darwin last year). The �wildcard ute� could enable several drivers to fill the seat throughout the year; however Johnson is excited to be the first.
Until Ryal Harris� recent race wins at the Clipsal 500, (now 33 race wins) Johnson was the most successful V8 ute driver with 31 wins.
�I�m looking forward to Perth, we should have a lot of local backing as usual and it�s a really good car,� Johnson said.
�My goal is to go out and win and to have a good weekend and with any luck I�ll walk away with the most race wins again.�
Johnson was the series driving standards advisor at the event last year and he would much prefer to be behind the wheel.
�Anytime you�re behind the car is a lot better than watching. I enjoyed the DSA role and I know what you can and can�t do now,� he said with a grin.
V8 utes race schedule
Friday, May 1 Practice 1 9am
Practice 2 11.40am
Saturday, May 2 Race 1 10.05am
Race 2 4.05pm
Sunday, May 3 Race 3 11.25am