Warn On-Track for Showdown After a successful test session just before Christmas at Toyota Speedway, the site of the annual NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, Jim Warn and his MJ2 Racing headed east to the valley of the sun this past week.
Warn On-Track for Showdown
After a successful test session just before Christmas at Toyota Speedway, the site of the annual NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, Jim Warn and his MJ2 Racing headed east to the valley of the sun this past week. Warn, working out all the pre-season bugs before the new NASCAR testing ban goes into affect took to the one-mile paved oval of Phoenix International Raceway on this past Monday and Tuesday for a speedway shakedown.
Warn toured the ultra-fast flat paved oval with consistant lap times in the 28.2 second range. Those times would have put him in the top five based on last year's qualifying sessions. "This team is really coming together real fast," Warn stated. "As good as we thought we were doing last year we were always just a bit off rolling out of the trailer. With the changes we have made in the off-season I feel that we will be competitive right out of the box at each race."
One of the changes included hiring new crew chief Roger Bracken. Bracken, a veteran of the west racing scene, comes to MJ2 Racing with passion, optimism, and skill. "This is probably one of the best opportunities I have had," Bracken said. "Mike Warn has a great operation with great people on the team. I felt an immediate trust, respect, and appreciation from the moment we met."
That trust has translated into speed. "We made a few changes to the cars and worked at getting Jim comfortable," Bracken said. "In this series you have to be good at qualifying and that is our focus. Jim has shown he can race and finish, the task at hand is to be a consistent top qualifier."
With the Showdown just three weeks away, the MJ2 Racing team is heading in the right direction and poised to have a breakout year.