Steve Park Pre Race Report - Milwaukee
Driver: Steve Park
Owner: Michael Gaughan
Event: Milwaukee 200
Milwaukee Mile, Milwaukee, WI
Race: Friday, June 24th - 9:00 p.m.
Qualifying: Friday, June 24th – 6:30 p.m.
1.0-mile oval, 200 miles/ 200 laps
The Truck --- T12
Notes of Interest:
Park is looking forward to running on Milwaukee’s famed race track --- understandable given that in 2004 he started this event 10th and finished fourth.
Did you know that the lighting system used here at The Milwaukee Mile is temporary? Musco lighting engineers are on site and have set up a number light stands for this event. Running this event under the lights should help the fans considering the season’s first blast of hot humid air is settling into the area as the weekend nears.
Park On The Milwaukee Mile:
“We had a good run at The Milwaukee Mile last year. I raced there in ’97, I think, in the Busch car. That was really my first experience there but since it was not on the Nextel Cup schedule we used to go there quite a bit and test some of the stuff for New Hampshire and some of the other flat tracks. I always liked going to Milwaukee and learning what we could learn. I think it paid off. I felt comfortable there last year and had a decent run. We’d like to go back, do better than that and try to win the race.
“The main thing is you need a truck that turns good. The corners are so flat and so sweeping that you have to turn good through the middle but your entry has got to be good and your exit has got to be good. So there’s a lot of emphasis on having a truck that really handles good through the corners. What it does is it actually makes the straightaways longer where you get the maximum speed. You’ll see a lot of guys working real hard on getting their trucks to drive good through the corners.
How are you feeling after last week’s incident at Michigan International? “The main thing is I banged the top of my foot and the front of my right leg up on the pedals and under the dashboard and stuff. Other than that, I’m no worse for the wear. There are no cuts, just bruises and little aches and pains here and there. Nothing big. It was a pretty big size wreck for not getting any injuries from it but it just goes to show you the advancements in safety that NASCAR has employed in the Craftsman Truck Series. So I think with all the restraints that we have – head restraints and netting inside the truck, neck braces and padding and everything that NASCAR currently mandates that we have allows a guy to walk away from a wreck like that with very minimal injury.”
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