BUSCH: Colorado Springs: Brian Vickers preview

* 21st Century Research...   Brian Vickers dug into the archives for information he'll need to run at Pikes Peak International Raceway -- his video game archives.  Without the benefit of a testing session at the Colorado track, Vickers sacked...

* 21st Century Research...   Brian Vickers dug into the archives for information he'll need to run at Pikes Peak International Raceway -- his video game archives.  Without the benefit of a testing session at the Colorado track, Vickers sacked his closet for the dusty version of NASCAR Racing '99 to log some virtual laps.  The video prep helped Vickers in his last start, as he posted a 12th-place qualifying effort in Chicago after just 20 "real" laps.

* Gimme FIVE!--  In just nine Busch Series starts in 2002, Brian Vickers has posted top-10 (Richmond - 8th) and top-15 (Bristol - 14th) finishes at pair of fast short-tracks where the 18-year old rookie worked though the field early to be a contender late.  Vickers will shoot for the first top-5 of his career on the wide, fast surface at Pikes Peak that has given a number of drivers their first Busch Series victory.   

* Sight Unseen--  PPIR will be the sixth track this season in which the green flag will mark Vickers' first competition laps.  The Busch Series rookie has made up for his limited laps by logging plenty of preparatory miles on the video circuit and relying on the experience of crew chief Patrick Donohue and car chief Jamie Jones, who "have been there or know someone that has at every track we go to."

Brian Vickers --

<on running a limited schedule> "It's very difficult to run a limited schedule at this level of competition, and that goes for all the guys on the team, not just the driver." Vickers said.  "When you're running a full season with all the testing and going to the race track every week, you get into a rhythm that we don't have right now.  We're doing the best with what we've been given -- but it hurt us when we had to cut back our schedule after starting out the season with the intention of running a lot more races. 

  "There's a number of guys that I talk to at the track, but the guy who has been the most help by far is David Green.  He came to the test at Darlington and has come to the track for races and really given me a lot of good advice.  Now that I was able to convince Kenny Wallace that I wasn't trying to pass him four-wide on the apron in Chicago when we wrecked, I think I'll be using him as a resource as well." 

Patrick Donohue(Crew Chief) ...

"We're realistic in our goals," Donohue said.  "Good finishes will take care of themselves if we put this team in position to get them, and the key to that is no secret -- you've got to run ALL the laps.  It's hard to develop momentum when you're running a limited schedule, especially with a young driver behind the wheel. 

"We're logging miles this season with a goal of giving Brian the base knowledge that he'll need to be competitive when he comes back to these places.  Every week, our goal is improvement -- that extends across the team from the driver to the crew to the crew chief.  We're all focused on growing this team to be consistently competitive every day, whether we're in the shop or at the track." 

<on running PPIR> "I've always thought of it as a bigger Richmond.  It's a really nice facility that always seems to have good racing.  Brian should adapt well -- we just need to give him a good car off the truck and run well early.  Track position is a key at PPIR and there aren't too many cautions.  If you don't run well early on, you could lose a lap and that'll kill you." 

-bvlm-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kenny Wallace , David Green , Brian Vickers