According to Fox Sports Australia, AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson is planning to co-drive in the 50th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway. The 63-year-old is likely to drive for Predator Performance in a Riley prototype car.
The Rolex 24 at Daytona will be run over January 28-29, 2012.
Eagerly anticipated by drivers, auto manufacturers and race fans everywhere, the Rolex 24 at Daytona is the first major race of the international motor sport season. Every January, the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida comes to life in celebration of this incredible endurance race, recognized by leading drivers as one of the most difficult in the world to win.
Johnson is not only a rock legend, second-to-none at infusing razor-sharp lyrics with the screaming metal energy of a true rock and roller, but also a dyed-in-the-wool car fanatic. He told Motor Trend magazine that before he traversed the globe many times as a rock star he drove all over the world in his mind as a kid in his bedroom. Since driving represented freedom, he longed to drive, so learning was easy. "I just took to it like a dog to water."
At age six, Johnson's father bought him a steering wheel and put a stick through it. "I put it through the headboard of my bed and put four cushions up. My dad would shake his head. I would drive all over the world. I'd just be sitting there, brrrr!" he made an engine sound. "I could hear my father say to my mother 'We're going to have to do something about him.'"
Back then, rock star was not yet a career option, so Johnson would daydream of one day becoming a bus driver. "I wanted to be a bus driver more than anything," he explained. "When I was in school, I used to look out the window and see the big red double-deck buses driving by. It just looked so free. Then you'd hear, 'Johnson, pay attention when you're in school!' 'Oh, sorry, sorry, mate!'"