Tim Sauter gets Green Light for Preseason Test
Veteran Driver Prepares for First Season in CTS
As the 2007 racing season approaches, Tim Sauter is busy along with the rest of the Green Light Racing team preparing for the upcoming Craftsman Truck Series season. The team is diligently updating the fleet of Chevy Silverado's with 2007 sheet metal and prepping them for fresh paint and graphics for new sponsor Lester Buildings.
This weekend all of the NASCAR Truck Series teams are headed for Daytona for three days of testing beginning on January 12th. Veteran driver Tim Sauter will get his first runs in one of the new trucks at the high banks of the Daytona International Speedway as the NASCAR Craftsman Series participates in it's portion of the Nascar Preseason Thunder testing.
Following four seasons in which the Sauter has competed part-time in the NASCAR Busch Series, expectations for a full season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2007 are running high. "I'm looking forward to this year, being in the shop the last week helping the guys is really getting me more excited. There's a lot of work to do with updating these trucks from 2006 bodies to new 2007 Sheet metal, this is one of the few teams I've driven for that does all of it's own body work in-house," said Sauter. "I see a good work ethic and the efforts now will pay off later in the season."
"Once we get to Daytona in February, you don't get a lot of track time," Sauter said. "I need to get as much track time as possible to get a feel for how the truck handles in the draft, and how they suck up on each other. From the truck races I've watched, they seem to be pretty equal on the speedways, but I need to learn the differences from the Busch cars I've been driving compared to the boxier trucks."
The Daytona test will also be the first time the Green Light team hits the track with the security of two teams with full time sponsors and a clear vision for the entire season. Co-owners Gene Christensen and Bobby Dotter are excited about pairing a veteran driver like Tim with an aggressive young driver like Chad McCumbie. "We are very happy with the new Chevy bodywork. I think our trucks will run real good at the speedways, the last couple of years we've run pretty well at Daytona and Talladega without a lot of experience behind the wheel so Tim's past experience will benefit both of our teams," explained Christensen. "Testing is all about getting the trucks more consistent, we have the tools and people to make that happen this year."
Christensen added, "Bobby and I could not be happier than to have sponsors like Lester Buildings and Garmin/The GPS Store as our partners for 2007. We are really exited that this year will be the best year ever for Green Light Racing."
Sauter is also scheduled to participate in a question and answer session at the speedway on Saturday evening as part of the Fanfest portion of Preseason Thunder.