Michigan: Long/Fleur-De-Lis Motorsports preview

Long, Fleur-De-Lis Motorsports Set for Michigan New team looking for retribution after disappointing Daytona Mooresville, NC (August 10, 2010)... Carl Long and Fleur-De-Lis Motorsports are looking forward to the CARFAX 250 NASCAR...

Long, Fleur-De-Lis Motorsports Set for Michigan
New team looking for retribution after disappointing Daytona

Mooresville, NC (August 10, 2010)... Carl Long and Fleur-De-Lis Motorsports are looking forward to the CARFAX 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the Michigan International Raceway this weekend. The 250-mile event will be the second race for the "new" Nationwide Series car for 2010. And, after the disappointment of not qualifying for the first "new" car race at Daytona on July 2nd, the CARFAX 250 holds a special meaning for the first-year team.

Fleur-De-Lis Motorsports was formed by Craig Partee in June, 2010, to compete in the four Nationwide Series "new" car races this season. Partee, owner of Fleur-De-Lis Construction in Seneca Falls, New York, has an extensive background in NASCAR and plans to shift his experience as a crewmember to the role of team owner in one of NASCAR's premiere series.

Partee, driver Carl Long, and Crew Chief Morris Van Vleet worked overtime to prepare their #68 Chevrolet for Daytona. However, their hard work and dedication to their first-year team took a step back when they did not qualify for the Daytona event. Instead of giving in to frustration, the team went to work analyzing the problems at Daytona and fixing them for Michigan. The crossmember dragged the track in the turns at Daytona, scrubbing off speed each lap. That issue has now been rectified, recertified by NASCAR, and prepared for the 2-mile Michigan track this weekend.

"I really feel good about going to Michigan and showing everyone just how good our team can be," Long commented. "Morris (Crew Chief Van Vleet) has worked overtime going over our Chevrolet preparing it for the second 'new' car Nationwide race. We've put Daytona behind us and look forward to a competitive run at Michigan, then on to Richmond and Charlotte (the final two 'new' car races in '10)."

"We learned a lot about the 'new' Nationwide car at Daytona," Partee added. "Everyone associated with our team believes in our program, and that dedication will work in our favor. I really appreciate the support of Marro's Truck & Welding, A+ Plumbing and Heating, Fleur-De-Lis Farms, Fleur-De-Lis Construction, and The Garlic Garage for the CARFAX 250 at Michigan this weekend."

-source: long/fleur-de-lis motorsport

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Carl Long