Monday, January 17, 2005
Danny Lasoski brings a win home from Australia
"Kerry Madsen's usually the king of the bottom here at Parramatta, but he
went to the top, and we just took the opening on the bottom. This Eagle
chassis with a Kistler engine went really good on Hoosier tires, and I
just have to thank my crew for working so hard for me. I'm really
impressed with Brian Healey and the entire staff here. This track is
everything they said it was and more. We maybe have a little bit of an
advantage with this Mopar motor. They seem to have a little more torque
... it certainly seems to fit my driving style."
Team Mopar driver, Danny Lasoski, on his win in the Outlaws Down Under Tour.
Danny Lasoski and the No. 20 team will leave Australia with a victory and two-second place finishes as the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series wraps up its season opening Outlaws Down Under Tour. The team started the series with a pole-setting pace on January 13, as the No. 20 Mopar machine put down a lap of 12.017 seconds around the 3/8-mile Parramatta City Raceway in Sydney, Australia. "The Dude" went on to take the checkered flag in second place at the conclusion of the A-main event.
Night two of the Outlaws Down Under event saw Lasoski drive the No. 20 machine into victory lane, marking the team's first win of the 2005 racing season. Lasoski qualified third and took third place in the second dash to put him near the front of the pack for the start of the A-main. After battling with Kerry Madsen, Lasoski drove under the Australian favorite to take the lead. "The Dude" went on to win the 40-lap A-main feature by 1/2 a lap over the field.
Rain washed out the event finale on January 16, with racing resuming on January 17. After posting stellar performances in the first two nights of the Outlaws Down Under Tour, Lasoski and the No. 20 team found themselves locked into the A-main feature event finale on Monday night. After starting second, Lasoski drove the No. 20 across the line to finish second on the night.
Lasoski and the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series return to the United States this week to prepare for the rest of the 2005 season. The series officially kicks off at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida, February 11-13.
Steve Francis grabs a second-place finish
Team Mopar's Steve Francis kicked off his 2005 United States season with a second-place finish in the Friday night leg of the Early Thaw event at the Central Arizona Speedway in Casa Grande, Arizona. The No. 15 team won the fourth heat race en route to the runner-up feature event finish. Francis will look to defend his Early Thaw title as the event continues this week.
Francis returns to the United States after competing for Team USA in Australia from December to mid-January. While racing down under, Francis collected over one dozen heat race wins and two feature event wins. "The Kentucky Colonel" led Team USA in victories during its Australian run.
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series officially kicks off the 2005 racing season February 17-18 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida.
Mopar teams to compete in the Copper World Classic
Josh Wise is one of several Team Mopar drivers to return to USAC racing action in the Copper World Classic.
Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises, Wilke-PAK Motorsports, and Nicholas Motorsports are gearing up to compete in the Copper World Classic; the kickoff to the 2005 USAC National Silver Crown and Midget Car Series season. Josh Wise, Tracy Hines, and Dave Steele will return to action in the USAC National Midget Car Series on January 29 at the Phoenix International Raceway, while Jay Drake will join Wise in pursuit of a victory in the USAC Silver Crown portion of the event. The Copper World Classic is scheduled to take place January 28-30.
The United States Auto Club has announced its 2005 racing schedules for the Silver Crown, Sprint and Midget Series divisions. While the Silver Crown and Midget series will begin the season in January, the USAC National Sprint Car Series will make its 2005 debut at Eldora Speedway, which is now owned by Team Mopar owner Tony Stewart. The USAC National Sprint Car Series season opener is scheduled for April 2 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
For more information regarding the 2005 Copper World Classic or the complete 2005 USAC racing series schedules, log on to www.usacracing.com.
On-track testing begins for the Ultra Motorsports No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram
After waiting out a soggy Saturday, Jimmy Spencer and the Ultra Motorsports No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram team were able to turn their first official laps of the 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season on Sunday. The No. 1 Mopar team took to the track at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday afternoon, as NASCAR elected to extend testing hours to 11 p.m. EST.
The No. 1 team was near the front of the speed scoring from the start, as they were able to post the sixth fastest lap of the day. Spencer turned a lap of 187.531 mph to lock himself in the top-10 on the speed chart. The newly formed team worked through setup issues throughout the test session, including a loose condition and shock adjustments to complete the session on a high note.
The 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season will begin on February 18 at the Daytona International Speedway with the Florida Dodge Dealers 250. Live coverage of the event is scheduled to begin on Speed Channel at 8 p.m. EST, with additional coverage on MRN Radio and XM Satellite Radio.
Winning powerplant from Jeg's Engine Masters Challenge to be auctioned for charity
Jeg Coughlin, Jr. will appear at an engine auction, which aims to raise funds for Jeg's Foundation Racing for Cancer Research.
Jeg Coughlin, Jr. is set to appear on stage at the prestigious Barrett-Jackson Auction on February 28. Coughlin will make the appearance in conjunction with the auctioning off of this year's Jeg's Engine Masters Challenge winning powerplant. All proceeds from this segment of the auction will be directly contributed to the Jeg's Foundation Racing for Cancer Research effort. All proceeds of the Jeg's Foundation for Cancer Research are directed toward the Ireland Cancer Center and The James Cancer Hospital Solove Research Institute; two national Cancer Institute designated facilities in Ohio.
Coughlin and newly announced Team Mopar member Richie Stevens are scheduled to test in Bradenton, Florida January 17-18 for Don Schumacher Racing. The pair will be joined by crew chief Bob Glidden in the team's second test at the facility. Coughlin, Stevens, Allen Johnson and Larry Morgan are set to kickoff the 2005 NHRA POWERAde Pro Stock Series season at the Carquest Autoparts Winternationals at Pomona Raceway February 10-13.