WEST: Wade Winnipeg's 'Motorfest Manitoba' preview

WINNIPEG, MB (August 1, 2001) - This weekend (August 3-6), Wade Lee will bring his Ford & Lincoln Dealers of Western Canada-sponsored Ford Taurus to Winnipeg for the inaugural Motorfest Manitoba CASCAR West race. The three-time Super Series...

WINNIPEG, MB (August 1, 2001) - This weekend (August 3-6), Wade Lee will bring his Ford & Lincoln Dealers of Western Canada-sponsored Ford Taurus to Winnipeg for the inaugural Motorfest Manitoba CASCAR West race. The three-time Super Series champion is a veteran road racer and is looking forward to a successful outing on the temporary circuit, laid out on the grounds of Red River Exhibition Park.

"Being a road course event, it caters to the talents of drivers like myself and Carl [Harr]," said Lee, a resident of Calgary, who has extensive road racing experience. "It should present a chance for our team to make up a bit of ground in the championship hunt." The race - the sixth of the CASCAR West season - will be held on a 1.1-mile temporary road course. Lee has some idea of what to expect.

"The track is laid out between two big parking lots, lined with barriers. The longest straight is about 1,400 feet long and it appears pretty tight. I'm thinking it will be similar to the Moosehead Grand Prix [in Halifax]. Qualifying will be extremely important because passing will be difficult."

This has been Lee's first season as the driver of Kevin Dowler's Apollo Motorsports CASCAR West team. Ill-timed misfortune has spoiled several good efforts by Wade, who races under the Quality Care and Fast Lane banners. Adding to the atmosphere of change, Apollo switched car builders during the off-season and the team is just now coming to grips with the new equipment.

"We've had some bad luck and there's been a transition period getting used to the new chassis. We ran an older McColl chassis in the first two races and received the new Peiper chassis before the Victoria [BC] race. It's a learning process and we haven't had a whole lot of time to test the car, so we're getting used to springs and shock combinations." In spite of the challenges, Lee is encouraged and hopes he can post some better results in the final third of the CASCAR West season.

"It's been somewhat frustrating but we're still in the points chase, and hopefully, we can turn the season around and give the other guys a run for the championship. We've had excellent support from the Ford & Lincoln Dealers in the Winnipeg area and are planning to put on a good show in front of them this weekend."

Team owner Kevin Dowler - who will be busy racing his Quality Care Taurus on the streets of Trois-Riveries, QC this weekend - is looking for a top result from Lee. "I'm hoping to see the Ford Quality Care / Fast Lane Taurus take the checkered flag in Winnipeg. We haven't won since Vernon [Dowler won the season opener in mid-May] and we'd like to see Wade pick one up. He's got the new car worked out now."

SCHEDULE: The CASCAR teams take to the Red River Exhibition Park circuit for the first time on Friday (Aug. 3) for testing and provisional pole qualifying. Following a practice on Saturday (Aug. 4), the final qualifying session will be held. In addition to CASCAR West, Motorfest Manitoba will also feature many other forms of racing, including Formula 2000, Formula V1200, Touring Cars, as well as go-karts.

Following a morning practice session on Sunday (Aug. 5), the CASCAR feature race - which will be taped for later broadcast on Sportsnet - will take place in the afternoon. On Monday (Aug. 6), the 10-lap 'Piston Pete Shootout, sponsored by Piston Ring, will include the top eight finishers from Sunday's CASCAR West main event.

-CASCAR

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Kevin Dowler