McDowell takes streak of top-ten finishes to Michigan Eddie Sharp Racing debuts 1-2 punch for Toyota Camry MOORESVILLE, NC (June 13, 2007) - If Michael McDowell hasn't been in enough headlines during the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series, he's about to be...
McDowell takes streak of top-ten finishes to Michigan
Eddie Sharp Racing debuts 1-2 punch for Toyota Camry
MOORESVILLE, NC (June 13, 2007) - If Michael McDowell hasn't been in enough headlines during the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series, he's about to be in the middle of an ironic one this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. In the backyard of American automotive manufacturers, he and teammate Ken Butler III will race sleek new Toyota Camrys.
McDowell's No. 2 Z-Line Designs / Make-A-Wish / Beck Toyota hits the Michigan asphalt on the heels of three-straight top-ten finishes, including a 6th place finish in his first career go-round at Pocono Raceway. The Pocono performance allowed him to leapfrog fellow ARCA competitor Phillip McGilton to become the leader in ARCA's Rookie of the Year standings. McDowell hopes that the momentum continues at Michigan, which like Pocono, he has never visited:
"Every year, this is a good race with a stacked field," noted McDowell. "I've never raced at Michigan and I've never raced in a Camry but ESR has had success there and Patrick (Donahue, crew chief) has some notes from when he's been there. I don't doubt we'll have some feeling out to do (with the car) but based on every race this year, we'll have everything figured out in time for the race."
McDowell's basis of contention is valid: even in his first race at Pocono, he led 13 laps, adding to his series-high 271 laps led for the 2007 season. Even with a new car, he is confident that the team can perform at their regular high level:
"We still have the same crew and the same intensity- just a new car. I can't wait to be behind the wheel of a Camry. I'm sure it will be fast. Hopefully, we can have some quick pit stops and be able to maintain track position. We're fully capable of bringing Toyota their first stock car win."
The ARCA 200 will air live on SPEED at 5 pm on Friday, June 15.