IPS: Openwheel standout Aaron Fike to test stockcar waters

Fike will attempt Lowe's and South Boston ARCA events Indianapolis, IN (October 5, 2003) -- USAC and IRL Infiniti Pro standout Aaron Fike will make the leap to stock cars, starting with the October 9th ARCA RE/MAX event at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Fike will attempt Lowe's and South Boston ARCA events

Indianapolis, IN (October 5, 2003) -- USAC and IRL Infiniti Pro standout Aaron Fike will make the leap to stock cars, starting with the October 9th ARCA RE/MAX event at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The 20-year-old Fike will also attempt the October 18th South Boston race. He will be in the #27 Ray's Farms/Mack Trucks/Beck Dodge as a teammate to CIMCO Racing's primary driver, Shelby Howard.

"This is a tremendous opportunity, and I thank CIMCO and the Howard family for making this possible," Fike said. "It has been a goal of mine to race a stock car, and this is an ideal first step."

The Galesburg, Illinois native has never been behind the wheel of a heavy, full-bodied racecar in race conditions, but his accomplishments are many. Currently defending his National Midget Driver of the Year title, Fike also has captured two wins in IRL's Menards Infiniti Pro Series since joining the circuit last season.

"I had a chance to test in an ARCA car last month," Fike noted. "I worked with Andy Hillenburg and learned a great deal from him about adapting to these cars. It wasn't easy, but after a while, I think I got comfortable enough to take the next step."

Aaron Fike is positioned to be the next great superstar from USAC. When he won his first USAC Silver Crown race at Richmond in 2001, he broke Jeff Gordon's record as the youngest winner ever in that series. Perhaps following in the footsteps of former open wheel stars Tony Stewart, Jason Leffler, and Kasey Kahne, Fike looks to the south for possible opportunities to move into NASCAR. A ride in the Craftsman Truck Series is one of his goals for 2004.

"All I'm after is a fair chance to show I can learn to drive these cars," Fike said. "I think my USAC and IRL accomplishments speak for themselves, but I understand that until I actually race a stock car, people will wonder if I can really do it."

The EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 150 at Lowe's Motor Speedway will drop the green at 9:30 pm ET on Thursday, October 9th. The race will be televised by SPEED Channel on a same-day/delayed basis with coverage beginning at 10:00 pm ET. It will also be carried live by PRN beginning at 8:30 pm.

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Series ARCA , Indy Lights , USAC
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Jason Leffler , Andy Hillenburg , Shelby Howard , Kasey Kahne , Aaron Fike