Michigan: Chase Austin preview

Chase Austin: You made your 2010 season debut at Michigan in June in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Race. How excited are you to get back to this track for a second time? "I look forward to it. I was able learn a great deal during the ...

Chase Austin:

You made your 2010 season debut at Michigan in June in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Race. How excited are you to get back to this track for a second time?

"I look forward to it. I was able learn a great deal during the truck series practices but unfortunately we lost an engine very early in the race. I still feel like I need more seat time, so it will be nice to get back on the track Thursday to log some more laps and learn as much as possible before the race on Saturday."

You get to drive the new version of the NASCAR Nationwide Car this weekend. Do you expect any differences in the handling of this body versus the older one?

"The new cars in the Nationwide Series look really cool. I expect them to handle different but most of that is due to the aero changes in the body. However, I've only had five races in the previous body style, so the learning curve should be pretty comfortable for me since I don't have a large amount of races in the older style. I know the other drivers will really feel the difference when on the track. I'm just excited to have the opportunity to get back on the track period and getting the chance to race the new body is a plus."

You had the chance to tour the Forgotten Harvest Headquarters in Detroit this past June. How was that experience?

"It was mind blowing the commitment the folks at Forgotten Harvest have in giving those in poverty an opportunity to put a healthy meal on their table. Visiting their headquarters was an awesome experience. I had a chance to see how much effort goes into it and I can tell you it was very impressive. You could see their passion and the fact that they're able to rescue over 19 million pounds of food in a year is incredible."

What does it mean to be associated with a program like the Million Meal Challenge for the Kids?

"It's an honor. Through companies like Walgreens and programs like the Million Meal Challenge for the Kids, Forgotten Harvest has been able to feed so many kids in the Detroit Metro area this summer. I encourage everyone to go visit their local Walgreens and donate today, so they can continue to make sure that every kid in need has a meal this summer."

Fun Fact: What are your favorite hobbies?

"I enjoy relaxing with friends and family....playing my X-BOX. Of course, this summer I've spent a large amount of my time at the pool, perfecting my diving."

-source: chase Austin PR

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