Auggie Vidovich on Roush test list

VIDOVICH SELECTED FOR DISCOVERY CHANNEL SEARCH FOR NEXT ROUSH DRIVER DENVER, Colorado (July 28, 2005) -- Auggie Vidovich II of Lakeside, California has been selected one of 25 talented racers from Canada, New Zealand and the United States to ...

VIDOVICH SELECTED FOR DISCOVERY CHANNEL SEARCH FOR NEXT ROUSH DRIVER

DENVER, Colorado (July 28, 2005) -- Auggie Vidovich II of Lakeside, California has been selected one of 25 talented racers from Canada, New Zealand and the United States to participate in the upcoming Roush Racing Discovery Channel driver search reality show to air this fall -- and is still very much focused on another Southwest championship in 2005.

Currently still third in the Southwest point standings -- only 20 points out of second -- Vidovich returns to Colorado National Speedway this Saturday, July 30, for round ten -- the second and final race on the 3/8-mile Erie, Colorado track. Vidovich finished 12th, June 5, due to an early race altercation bringing the No. 11 Centrifugal Technologies, Ultra Custom Boats, Ransom Brothers True Value Lumber Chevrolet in for repairs returning to racing four laps down. Vidovich has won two races at CNS -- August 18, 2001 and August 19, 2000.

Winning three out of six short track races this year, Vidovich will likely be one of the cars to beat this weekend. The twenty-four-year-old past champion still leads the series with the most laps lead at 369.

At Pikes Peak International Raceway, July 23, Vidovich finished ninth in the combo race of drivers from the NASCAR Autozone Elite Division, Southwest and Midwest series'. Qualifying 14th after practicing second and third during the two practice sessions, Vidovich struggled during the race with the setup and ran out of time after a pit stop for adjustments.

Vidovich, the 2003 NASCAR Southwest Series Champion, is tied with series regular, Jim Pettit II, with three wins a piece - the most wins in the series to date. The recent Stockton 99 win brought Vidovich's Southwest Series win tally up to nine career victories in the Southwest series. Vidovich has won at Tucson Raceway Park (AZ), Sandia Motorsport Park (NM), two wins at Colorado National (CO), three wins at Mesa Marin (CA) and two wins at Stockton 99 Speedway (CA).

The Discovery Channel show, a 13-segment reality show, will feature the 25 selected drivers including Vidovich with such backgrounds as ARCA, USAC, ASA Speed Trucks, Late Models, Craftsman Trucks and Midgets awarding the winner with a fully sponsored Roush Racing ride in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2006. Vidovich is the only driver selected from California and had high praise about the other participants. "This is a once in a life-time opportunity and I will give it my all while still enjoying the experience. All of the drivers selected have been picked for a reason and it should make for an interesting show", said Vidovich. Vidovich was selected from over 1,700 submitted applications to Roush Racing for the upcoming show that will capture the drama of competition on and off the track with the contestants.

In 2003, the Discovery Channel -- the United States' largest cable television network -- featured an episode on Roush Racing owner, Jack Roush, about his miracle survival from a freak plane accident in 2002. The cable network currently services over 90.2 million households across the nation.

Practice for the "United Power/Touchstone Energy 150" takes place Saturday, July 30 from 12-12:30 p.m. (MST), Bud Pole Qualifying at 5 p.m and racing begins at 8:15 p.m.

Click on www.vidovichracing.com for more information on 2003 NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Series Champion Auggie Vidovich II.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jim Pettit II , Auggie Vidovich , Jack Roush