ES: Thompson: Eric Lux to debut with ESR

Road Course Phenom Eric Lux Joins Eddie Sharp Racing at Thompson International Speedway Denver, NC. (July 8, 2008) -- Eddie Sharp Racing announced today that Eric Lux will drive an Eddie Sharp Racing entry at Thompson International Speedway.

Road Course Phenom Eric Lux Joins Eddie Sharp Racing at Thompson International Speedway

Denver, NC. (July 8, 2008) -- Eddie Sharp Racing announced today that Eric Lux will drive an Eddie Sharp Racing entry at Thompson International Speedway. Already an accomplished road course racer, 20-year old Lux will make his oval track debut at the 0.625-mile speedway on Saturday, July 12 in the NASCAR Camping World Series East 100-lap event.

"Eddie knew my father back in the 80's so it is really awesome to meet up down the road and have such a great opportunity to advance my racing career with ESR," said Lux. "The crew, shop and management is perfect, I have spent the past few days camping out in the shop from morning to close getting to know the guys and the cars. I probably annoy the hell out of them with all of the questions I have been asking!"

The Buffalo, New York-native was introduced to an oval track last week when he tested an Eddie Sharp Racing car at Tri County Speedway. This was the very first time the young road racer had been limited to four left turns around a track.

Following the test session, Lux commented that "today was the very first time I have ever stepped foot into a race car and only turned left. I really had no idea what to expect but I was really looking forward to it. It is starting to be a bit of a tradition that sports car racers make the crossover. For me, I am just trying to make a living in racing and Eddie Sharp Racing has presented a great opportunity for me."

Lux added, "When you pull into ESR you can see that it is a top notch facility and you can't wait to see what the inside looks like. It's the typical "kid in a candy store" feeling! The inside of the ESR shops were just as impressive. I have been driving on road courses for about 11 years in everything from karts, GT cars, Prototypes and road course stock cars so it was quite an experience to try out an oval. Luckily what everyone had been telling me to expect was pretty much right on. I drove at Tri-County Speedway and the test went great. I learned a lot about the car, the lines, communication and set-up. I would be lost out there if it wasn't for the guys Eddie hired. They all have very extensive resumes and knowledge of this kind of racing."

Lux and his ESR team travel to Southern National Raceway Park in Kenly, NC this week to test prior to his oval track debut this weekend at Thompson International Speedway.

Following his start in karting, which led to a number of regional championships, Lux has seen extensive success behind the wheel in the Grand-Am Rolex Series. In 2005, Lux became first 16-year-old to take checkered flag in Rolex 24 at Daytona as well as race in KONI Challenge Series at Daytona. In 2006, Lux became the youngest driver to win a Grand-American Cup race. He won the season opener at Daytona at only 16 years old. In 2008 Lux and FarnbacherLoles have teamed up to charge after the GT Class championship. Lux shares the No. 86 GT3 Porsche with Leh Keen of Charleston, South Carolina. So far the teammates have already captured podium finishes at Virginia International Raceway and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this season.

Lux has found success off the racetrack as well. A freestyle snowboard instructor and coach, Lux also has over 25 Top-3 finishes in USASA competition. Lux enjoys using the outdoors and extreme sports to keep conditioned and sharp for racing. In addition to his rigorous race schedule, Lux has been a full-time student at Jacksonville University since fall 2006, pursuing a degree in Business and Communications.

"I can't wait to test again and make my first NASCAR debut in Thompson Speedway on July 12th under the lights! I can't wait to see where this relationship with ESR will lead!" commented Lux with a huge smile on his face.

NASCAR Camping World Series East practice runs from 12:00 until 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, 2008, with Final Practice from 1:30 until 2:15 p.m. Qualifying follows on Saturday at 5:15 p.m. The green flag for the 100-lap race at Thompson International Raceway drops at 8:30 p.m. All times listed are EASTERN.

-credit: esr

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