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AC/DC Singer Brian Johnson Piloting Race Car for Cancer Charity

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AC/DC singer and car racing enthusiast Brian Johnson is gearing to compete in January’s Rolex 24 At Daytona  — and will use the endurance race as an opportunity to help raise money for children with cancer. Johnson is teaming up with Fifty Plus Racing to form the “Highway to Help” campaign to benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation.

Johnson and three other racers will share driving duties behind the wheel of the No. 50 Riley-BMW Dayton Prototype during the 50th anniversary of the Rolex 24 race at Florida’s Daytona International Speedway, which is set for Jan. 28-29, 2012.

During the race, fans can text “ACDC” to 501501, and a pledge in the amount of $10 will be made to the Austin Hatcher Foundation, which provides services to children with cancer and their families through its cancer care center, Hatch’s House of Hope in Chattanooga, Tenn. Fans can also contribute through the organization’s website.

“This is real, this is going to happen, and we’re all happy to have the opportunity to do this,” Johnson says. “AC/DC fans all over the world are now rooting for the Austin Hatcher Foundation.”

The race will be Johnson’s first time piloting a car for a premier racing series event, but not his first time racing. He’s competed in several historic car races.

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