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Steve Park Pre Race Report - Indy

Driver: Steve Park
Owner: Michael Gaughan

Event: Power Stroke Diesel 200
Indianapolis Raceway Park, Indianapolis, Ind.
Friday, August 5, 2005 - 8:45 p.m. (EDT)
Qualifying: Friday, August 5, 2005 - 6:00 p.m. (EDT)
0.686-mile oval, 137.2 miles/200 laps

Notes of Interest:

Many folks might not realize it but Indianapolis Raceway Park is one of the cornerstones to Steve Parkís illustrious NASCAR career. Not only is IRP a place where Park got to shine before a ravenous race crowd but it is also a link to commonality to the Orleans Racing team when he made a start here in 1995 with Walker Evans Racing. Of course the Evans Family and the Gaughan family have shared many war stories together in off-road racing, and is the team that gave teammate Brendan Gaughan his start on his well-known career.

Park On Indianapolis Raceway Park:

ďItís a great track thatís rich in tradition. In '95 or '96 I drove for Walker Evans. As many know heís got a long tradition of racing in the off-road series and is a good friend of the Gaughans. He gave me the opportunity to race here in a Dodge and we finished in the top-10. It was a great opportunity. I donít think a lot of people realize that it was Walker Evans and his race team that springboarded my career into the Busch Series and going to work for Dale Earnhardt in the Cup Series. I always remember and will always be thankful to the whole Walker Evans family and race team.

ďIn í97 we ran the Busch car here. I came here as a spectator with Ron Hornaday to watch him run his NAPA Chevrolet in í96 prior to coming here in í97. That helped me get a feel for the race track. Thereís been a lot of racing here and a lot of famous people have raced here. Itís just great to be able to come here to IRP with its rich tradition in racing to put on another great race.

ďWe all know that the Nextel Cup guys are in town at the big track (Indianapolis Motor Speedway) and there should be a lot of fans and spectators and a lot of the Nextel Cup guys will come over to watch the race too. It should be a great night here at IRP."

Meet the Crew:

Shop Duty
Race Day Duty

Charlie Wilson
Bakersfield, CA
Crew Chief
Crew Chief

Danny Goad
Martinsville, Va.
Rear Tire Carrier

Harley Rauch
Fresno, CA
Front Tire Changer

Danny Stockman
Yucaipa, CA
Truck Chief
Front Tire Carrier

Gary Brannon
Buttonwillow, CA
Catch Can

Bill Caldwell
Culver City, CA
Truck Driver
Fuel Man

Joel Cox
Seattle, WA
Jack Man

Josh White
Bakersfield, CA
Front Suspension
Rear Tire Changer

Randy Snyder
Buena Park, CA
Truck Driver

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