Rookie Stremme not new to IRP DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 29, 2003) -- David Stremme is excited to get back behind the wheel this week at a track that he's familiar with. It also happens to be his home track. Stremme (No. 1 Yellow Transportation...
Rookie Stremme not new to IRP
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 29, 2003) -- David Stremme is excited to get back behind the wheel this week at a track that he's familiar with. It also happens to be his home track.
Stremme (No. 1 Yellow Transportation Dodge) has logged hundreds of miles at Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP), the site of Saturday night's Kroger 200 presented by Tom Raper RV's. In fact, he's won three times in five races at the track in other series.
"I don't know that I have an advantage over these guys because I have never run a NASCAR Busch Series car here," said Stremme. "My experience here will definitely help, and I am going with a lot of confidence. Plus, it's a nice change to be able to focus on the car instead of having to learn what line to drive as well."
The South Bend, Ind., native caught the "racing bug" from his parents and started racing at age six in "Big Wheel" races (races held at the same tracks his parents were competing on that night) and even won a few of them.
At an early age, Stremme started working on the cars in his parent's garage because his dad stressed the importance of his son knowing how to work on his own car. By age 15, though, Stremme was racing on local tracks and won his first stock car race in his mother's car.
Though he shares his ride with NASCAR Winston Cup rookie Jamie McMurray, that doesn't mean he's not at the track when not racing. Stremme accompanies the team to each race to help out wherever he can, including working on the car, and to become familiar with each of the tracks.
"Jamie has been an amazing teammate," said Stremme. "He gives me advice even at the tracks he's not at. I rely on him a lot along with many other people."
So far this season, it looks as if that reliance is paying off as Stremme has been the highest-finishing rookie in seven of his nine starts this year. Stremme leads all Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidates with five top-10 finishes.
"I tend to focus on the bad things so I know where to improve so it's hard for me to talk about the season being good," Stremme said. "I have really learned a lot in a short time. I'm proud to be the top-finishing rookie so often when I run, but I really want to be the top-finishing car."