AZUSA, Calif. Â A rookie NASCAR Southwest Tour team with African -American roots will be launched this Saturday (March 24) as the tour competes at Cajon Speedway. Troy Adams, 32, of Riverside, Calif., joins Tim Woods III of...
AZUSA, Calif. A rookie NASCAR Southwest Tour team with African -American roots will be launched this Saturday (March 24) as the tour competes at Cajon Speedway.
Troy Adams, 32, of Riverside, Calif., joins Tim Woods III of Chino Hills, Calif., to become the first two black drivers on the tour since Willy T. Ribbs drove in the 1998 L.A. Street Race. Wood currently drives in the NASCAR Winston West series but may race from time to time on the Southwest Tour.
Adams was selected to drive for the CBA Motorsports team by another African - American, team owner Clarence J. Broussard of Sylmar, Calif. Broussard's pioneering in diversity is only one segment of his plan for CBA Motorsports to become a significant player in NASCAR competition.
Adams came highly recommended to Broussard by off-road racing legend Walker Evans when Broussard began interviewing drivers and crewmen for the team after last season ended. Evans also recommended CBA's crew chief, Dan Larson of Victorville.
Larson, a veteran racing mechanic, is also a driver in the truck series that races on the dirt at Perris Speedway near Riverside. Until Evans disbanded his own NASCAR racing team, Larson worked for Walker Evans Racing, but he has spent 22 of his 37 years in the sport on a variety of teams and doing many different jobs.
Like Winston Cup team owner Joe Gibbs, the former Super Bowl-winning coach of the Washington Redskins, Broussard has a football background. While establishing his credentials in engineering and business after earning college degrees at Claremont Men's College, UCLA and Cal State Northridge, Broussard coached youth football teams for many years and even spent two seasons as the headman at Sylmar High School in the San Fernando Valley. Two of his many young gridiron stars at the North Valley Golden Bears, Charlie White and Anthony Davis, went on to win Heisman Trophies as running backs at USC.
Warming up to this season's plunge into a major NASCAR racing series, Broussard was a backer of the 1999 Irwindale Speedway Grand American champion, Larry Krieger. Krieger died unexpectedly of a rare brain disease on Feb. 17.
Adams, who grew up working at his family's kart racing track in Riverside and starring as an athlete at Riverside Rubidoux High School and Cal State San Bernardino, where he was graduated with a B. A. in marketing, has two decades of racing experience in karts and has a few seasons of stock car racing but is still considered a rookie.
The team will field a Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the highly competitive Southwest Tour competition, held mostly on short tracks in the California-Nevada-Arizona quadrant but also on major speedways at Las Vegas and Colorado Springs, Colo.