Steve Park Pre Race Report - Texas
PARK TO RUN SPI COLORS ON THE #62 AT TMS
Driver: Steve Park
Owner: Michael Gaughan
EVENT: Chex 400k
Texas Motor Speedway - Fort Worth, Tx.
Friday, June 10, 2005 - 8:15 p.m. (CDT)
Qualifying: Thursday, June 8, 2005 - 6:00 p.m. (CDT)
1.5-mile oval, 167 miles/250.5 laps
Notes of Interest:
This week Park will sport livery from South Padre Island. South Padre Island, Texas’ premier resort destination, will sponsor Park in both Texas Motor Speedway events in 2005.
Park will use Orleans Racing’s T11 Dodge as his primary vehicle --- and the team will carry T15 as a backup.
Park’s 2004 NCTS Texas record shows he started the Orleans Dodge 20th and went on to finish 10th in the June TMS event.
Park On Texas Motor Speedway:
ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GOING TO TEXAS? – “Yes I am. We had a good test there a few weeks ago and we learned a lot of stuff. Brendan is going back for his fifth win. He missed a year while he was in Cup but he had four before that. So I think we’re all looking forward to going back there.”
ABOUT SPI SPONSORSHIP – “That’s the cool deal. We got an opportunity to go down there earlier this year and experience a little piece of the paradise that they have down there. We’re trying to let all the people know really how wonderful that place is. It’s not just a spring break destination. It’s an honor to have them on the side of the track. I think I’ve told everybody that if we win that race we’re going back down there to have a party. So that’s something to look forward to.”
YOU’VE SEEN A LOT OF CHANGES AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY OVER THE YEARS – “Really they’ve done a wonderful job. They had problems in the past when they first built the place because it was leaking water but they’ve done an incredible job recovering from all the problems they had when they first built it. So their commitment to all the Texas fans is in making it a premiere place to race. They’ve shown that in the past not only in the Cup Series but the Truck Series and Busch Series. So, again, kudos to them for making it one of the premiere race tracks that we go to. I’m just glad that they got that second Cup date that they were working for. It gives all the Texas fans an opportunity to see NASCAR more often. We love going there to race, so we’re definitely looking forward to it.”
DOES IT RACE AT ALL THE SAME AS CHARLOTTE – “It’s completely different. Charlotte may have a similar configuration but there are a lot of tracks that we go to that are mile-and-a-half D-shaped ovals and Texas is pretty much a place all of it’s own. I think it’s more like Atlanta than it would be Charlotte. It’s just another real fast mile-and-a-half D-shaped oval that produces good racing if we can get side-by-side and the trucks are good for doing that. You might buy a whole seat but you’ll be standing the whole time when you go there for a truck race.”
Meet the Crew:
Race Day Duty
Rear Tire Carrier
Front Tire Changer
Front Tire Carrier
Culver City, CA
Rear Tire Changer
Buena Park, CA
Listen in on the #62: The team’s primary radio frequency is 468.9125 Mhz