Mansfield: Chris Fontaine preview

Newcomer Chris Fontaine to Drive No. 4 Dodge for BHR in Mansfield NASCAR Newcomer Chris Fontaine will make his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut in the UAW-GM/Ohio 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway on Sunday May 15th. The 23 year-old ...

Newcomer Chris Fontaine to Drive No. 4 Dodge for BHR in Mansfield

NASCAR Newcomer Chris Fontaine will make his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut in the UAW-GM/Ohio 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway on Sunday May 15th. The 23 year-old Lakeland, Florida native will pilot the No. 4 Bobby Hamilton Racing Dodge driven previously this year by Casey Atwood and Timothy Peters. Peters will return to the driver's seat for the Charlotte Tailgate 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 20th.

Fontaine brings a variety of Late Model stock car experience to the BHR stables. Fontaine has competed in the NASCAR All-Pro Series, the Hooter's Pro Cup Series and the All American Challenge Series. Fontaine's breakthrough Late Model win came against a star-studded field in DeSoto Super Speedway's traditional season opening Icebreaker at the start of the 2004 season. Fontaine bested short track veteran's Wayne Anderson and Billy Bigley Jr. to capture that win.

Chris Fontaine on his first NCTS Start: "I hope this is the beginning of what turns into a positive career for me. I have a lot to prove to myself and to others and hopefully this is the first step. This has been a lifelong dream and goal for me to race at this level of NASCAR Competition."

On his expectations at Mansfield: "I expect to drive the truck to its level of competitiveness. If it is a top-five truck then I want to get a top-five finish. I want to drive the truck to the best of my capabilities, get some seat time and learn as much as I can. I am looking forward to competing against great veterans like Bobby Hamilton and Ted Musgrave and following them and learning as much as I can from them. It will be a very good opportunity for me to see how I match up with so many great drivers in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series."

Notes:

* Fontaine got his first major Super Late Model win in the first race of Desoto Speedway's All American Challenge Series on Sunday, February 22, 2004.

* Fontaine competed full-time in the NASCAR All-Pro Series in 2001 and 2002.

* Fontaine will pilot the BHR chassis "Beavis" this weekend at Gateway. Bobby Hamilton won with Beavis at Atlanta in 2004 and Darlington in 2003.

* Fontaine became interested in auto racing after spending three years playing ice hockey in a junior league in his hometown of Lakeland, FL.

* Fontaine began his racing career at the age of 16 driving mini-cup race cars. In his first year of racing, Fontaine racked up two wins, and finished in the top five 13 of 14 races.

On working with young drivers at BHR (crew chief Randy Seals): "We have sort of taken on the role of developing young talent for Dodge here at BHR. We think we have found a really good one in Timothy Peters and hopefully Chris Fontaine will prove to be as successful as Timothy has been. Right now most, if not all, of the other Dodge truck teams have veterans driving for them. We are looking at the future for Dodge Motorsports. I really enjoy working with the young drivers. Chris is ready to go, he is anxiously awaiting this weekend."

-bhr-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Billy Bigley , Wayne Anderson , Timothy Peters , Chris Fontaine