BUSCH: Mexico City: Tim Sauter preview

LeSter goes Left and Right Tim Sauter and Lester Team Head South of the Border. Standing 18th in NASCAR Busch Series points after two races, veteran driver Tim Sauter and the Lester Buildings ...

LeSter goes Left and Right
Tim Sauter and Lester Team Head South of the Border.

Standing 18th in NASCAR Busch Series points after two races, veteran driver Tim Sauter and the Lester Buildings #36 head south to Mexico City for Tim's first ever road course race. This is the second time the McGill Motorsports team has traveled south of the border to compete.

"Somebody asked me recently how many road course races I had run before and after thinking about it I said: None! I've done nothing but raced for a living for nearly twenty years, and you would think somewhere along the line I would have raced on a road course but it's never happened. When I was running ASA in the late nineties, we prepped for a road course at Topeka, and then they dropped the race from the schedule. Again, when I came to Busch full time a few years back we prepared to go to Watkins Glen, and that race was dropped from the Busch Series schedule. I guess the third time is a charm. I finally get to go road racing!" said a smiling Tim Sauter. "I've paid to go for road race lessons three times now so I'm glad to finally get to use them," he added with a laugh.

Sauter attended Danny McKeever's Fast Lane Driving School just north of Los Angeles while the team was in California for last weekend's Stater Bros. 300. "I really had a blast at Willow Springs last week. There were a couple of really good racers in the class out there, and the instructors were awesome. Danny McKeever might not be as well known as a couple of the other racing schools, but they do one heck of a job in preparing you for a race like this."

The McGill Motorsports crew led by Ricky Pearson is bringing the same car that Stanton Barrett finished 19th with and led several laps late in last year's race. "I think we'll have a pretty good set-up for Tim. We don't need to out-smart ourselves, just run our race, and get another good points finish for Lester and John and Nancy McGill. The atmosphere in Mexico is great, the fans are great, and we just need to avoid the distractions, concentrate on the task at hand and get another good finish."

Last week's 25th place finish was the highest California finish for McGill Motorsports since they began racing in 2003. The team is pleased with the start of the 2006 season but they know there is plenty of room for improvement over the next few months. The finish moved Tim to 18th in NBS driver points, 12th among the drivers that are expected to run the full NBS season.

* This will be the first time Tim has competed in Mexico in the NBS.

* Tim prepared for the road course event at Danny McKeever's Fast Lane Driving School at Willow Springs Raceway.

* This will be Tim's 86th career start in the NBS and 91st career NASCAR start.

* All three Sauter brothers (The Three Amigos) will be attempting to qualify for this week's race.

Tim Sauter's thoughts on road course racing in the NBS: "Carl Wegner (Engine Builder) told me it's just like driving the back roads in Wisconsin."

* This will be the second time McGill Motorsports has competed in Mexico in the NBS. March 2005 -- Driver Stanton Barrett, - Finished 19th, started 28th.

Ricky Pearson's thoughts on the road course at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez: "I think we have a pretty good set-up for Tim this week. This car led several laps last year with Stanton Barrett and the guys are trying real hard to duplicate that effort for Lester and McGill Motorsports this week."

-mgm-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Tim Sauter , Stanton Barrett