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Torquespeed Motorsports Looking for Strong Finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway British Team Will Complete Five-Race Program in 2006, Looking to Run Entire 2007 Season Mooresville, NC (November 15, 2006) -- After dominating the competition in...

Torquespeed Motorsports Looking for Strong Finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway

British Team Will Complete Five-Race Program in 2006, Looking to Run Entire 2007 Season

Mooresville, NC (November 15, 2006) -- After dominating the competition in the European Stock Car Speed Association and becoming a Legends World Champion in Great Britain for many years, driver, John Mickel and Torquespeed Motorsports have taken a tremendous leap to bring their entire team across the Atlantic Ocean to compete at the pinnacle NASCAR level.

Torquespeed came to the United States (U.S.) this summer with several goals in mind for their five-race program in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS). The first was to gain the respect of the NASCAR teams and community and show that they could compete that the highest level, most importantly, with their own driver and crew.

Secondly, they wanted to get better with every outing in preparation for a "Rookie of the Year" campaign in 2007. Lastly, the team wanted to build relationships and gain recognition both in the U.S. and the United Kingdom (U. K.) to earn a fulltime sponsor for the future and beyond.

Although finishes so far have not shown just how much the team has learned or the positive progress that's been made, the British racers hope to end their five-race stretch on a high note. With a strong finish in this Friday night's NCTS race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, they will carry that momentum through the off-season in preparation for a full year effort in 2007.

John Mickel, the 35-year-old driver from Cambridge, England is a multi-track champion from the U.K. and has been extremely honored to test his driving talents at the NASCAR level.

Mickel is optimistic about this weekend's season finale at Homestead and stated, "We were really happy with our run this past week at Phoenix, even though the results didn't show it. We probably had a 15th-place truck, but got into a couple of bad spots there at the end of the race and didn't get the finish that was complimentary of our run.

"We all are used to running up front in whatever division we have been in, including some ASA races in the U.S. over the past couple of years. We've learned a lot over these first four races - most importantly that preparation is the key. There's a limited amount of time to get your truck up to speed and you have to be good right off the truck, making only minor adjustments. If you are off a good bit when you get to the track, it's hard to recover."

Torquespeed has been utilizing shop space from the Green Light Racing facility in Mooresville, NC. They also used the team's No. 07 to ensure themselves a spot in each of the five events. Currently the team has run without a sponsor, but has many efforts underway to secure funding for the full 2007 effort.

Looking forward to Homestead:

"I've run Homestead before, but it was the old, flat layout," Mickel concluded. "I've seen the pictures of the new track and it looks like it might be a lot like Chicagoland. I just hope we can continue to build on the momentum that we've got going. If we can continue where we left off last week at Phoenix, then this Torquespeed team can have some more success at Homestead. We know we will have to unload well to have a good run. Anything better than 20th-place will be mission accomplished and we'll start getting ready for 2007."

-credit: www.torquespeed.com

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers John Mickel