John Shoffner

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John Shoffner is an American racing driver, investor, and pilot. In May 2021, he paid for a seat on the Axiom Mission 2 in the SpaceX Dragon 2.[1]


Shoffner was born in Fairbanks, Alaska. He spent most of his career in Knoxville, Tennessee.[citation needed] Before creating his own motorsports team J2-Racing[2] in 2012, Shoffner was a businessman. He had a 21-year career with Kentucky-based telecommunications manufacturer Dura-Line.[3] He retired as president in 1997.

Shoffner, an air show pilot, has over 8,500 flight hours in fixed-wing aircraft, decommissioned military aircraft, and helicopters. Shoffner owns a Republic P-47D Thunderbolt named "Wicked Wabbit".[4]

Shoffner has competed in multiple sports including water skiing, cycling (crossing the U.S. in 18 days without support), white water kayaking, hang gliding, and making over 3,000 skydives and base jumps.[citation needed]

Motorsports career[edit]

Shoffner has competed several times in the Nürburgring 24 Hours.[5] In 2016 he finished 19th overall and second in his class (SP7) with a Porsche 991 GT3 Cup.[6] In 2017 he finished 32nd overall and third in his class (SP7) with a Porsche 991 GT3 Cup.[7]

Shoffner has competed with Team GetSpeed since the 2019 VLN Series, driving a Mercedes-AMG GT.[8] He finished in 13th place in 2019 and 10th in 2020.

Shoffner was second in the 2019 Nürburgring Endurance Series Carrera Cup Class Championship. He holds a total of three in-class victories in the Carrera Cup Class.[9]

Nürburgring 24 Hours Team Car Category Result Result in category
2015 Germany Fricadelli Racing Team Renault Clio SP3 93 8
2016 Germany Fricadelli Racing Team Porsche 991 GT3 Cup SP7 19 2
2017 Germany Gigaspeed Team GetSpeed Performance Porsche 991 GT3 Cup SP7 32 3
2018 Germany Gigaspeed Team GetSpeed Performance Porsche 991 GT3 Cup SP7 31 4
2019 Germany GetSpeed Performance Mercedes-AMG GT3 SP9 13 12
2020 Germany GetSpeed Performance Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo SP 9 Pro-Am 17 3

Space mission[edit]

Shoffner paid for a SpaceX Dragon 2 seat on Axiom Mission 2 commanded by Peggy Whitson, as announced on 25 May 2021.[1][10][11] The mission is planned to take place between fall 2022 and spring 2023.[12] He was also the back-up pilot of Axiom Mission 1.[13]

During their week-long mission, Shoffner and Whitson will conduct single-cell genome sequencing demonstrations on the International Space Station for 10x Genomics.[11]


  1. ^ a b Christian Davenport (2021-05-25). "Lifelong space enthusiast becomes latest civilian to buy his way into space". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. ISSN 0190-8286. OCLC 1330888409.
  2. ^ "Team – J2 Racing". Retrieved 2021-06-03.
  3. ^ Fraser, Jill Andresky (1990-01-01). "Plans to Grow By, Strategic Planning Article". Retrieved 2021-06-03.
  4. ^ "Republic P-47D Thunderbolt "Wicked Wabbit"". Tennessee Museum Of Aviation. Retrieved 2021-06-03.
  5. ^ "John Shoffner trotzt Schmerzen: Vier Rennrunden mit Schulterproblemen". (in German). Retrieved 2021-06-03.
  6. ^ [1] 24h Rennen Result Official.
  7. ^ Magazine, Speedsport. "John Shoffner: Rennfahrer-Biographie - Karriere und Erfolge". (in German). Retrieved 2021-06-03.
  8. ^ "GetSpeed Performance has big goals in 2021 - an interview with Adam Osieka". 23 December 2020. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  9. ^ "John Shoffner (US)". Retrieved 2021-06-03.
  10. ^ "Peggy Whitson, America's most experienced astronaut, to lead commercial flight to space station". Retrieved 2021-06-03.
  11. ^ a b "A Champion Race Car Driver Will Pilot Axiom's Second Crewed Mission". A Champion Race Car Driver Will Pilot Axiom’s Second Crewed Mission - Supercluster. Retrieved 2021-06-03.
  12. ^ Margetta, Robert (13 December 2021). "NASA Selects Second Private Astronaut Mission to Space Station". NASA. Retrieved 11 June 2022.
  13. ^ Christian Davenport (2021-02-01) [2021-01-26]. "Meet the people paying $55 million each to fly to the space station". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. ISSN 0190-8286. OCLC 1330888409.[please check these dates]