WS: Phoenix: Jim Warn preview

Warn Ready for Phoenix Challenge AURORA, OR. (April 8, 2008) Jim Warn of Aurora, Oregon is fresh off his 8th place run at all American Speedway March 29 in his rookie debut in the NASCAR Camping World Series. With a race under his belt, Warn ...

Warn Ready for Phoenix Challenge

AURORA, OR. (April 8, 2008) Jim Warn of Aurora, Oregon is fresh off his 8th place run at all American Speedway March 29 in his rookie debut in the NASCAR Camping World Series. With a race under his belt, Warn is focused on the same three goals heading into the Jimmie Johnson Foundation "150" at Phoenix Int'l Raceway Thursday, April 10. Qualifying well; running well; and being the top finishing Sunoco rookie.

For some those may be lofty goals but for the MJ2 Racing pilot they are the product of hard-work and commitment. "We tested extremely well at Phoenix last month and I feel we have the car to run competitively all race," Warn said. "Coming out of All American really answered a lot of questions for me and the team. I know Phoenix is a whole different animal but I feel we are prepared and ready for the challenge."

This past weekend Jim and his team spent time practicing pit stops knowing that their performance in the pits on Thursday could mean the difference in track position and a good finish in the race. "We know that the experienced teams have more pit stops under their belt but our team has been there before," Warn continued. "We know we are going to have at least one pit stop at Phoenix and our performance on that pit stop will be crucial."

"I am really excited about racing Phoenix," Warn said. "This will be the longest race of my career and one of the longest on the schedule. Chuck Carruthers has built great cars and when you have a car and a team you trust it gives me a lot of confidence heading into turn 1."

Each race this season will be new to the Sunoco rookie leader but his learning curve is greatly reduced by the team that surrounds him. Fellow team driver and mentor Jeff Jefferson has provided invaluable tips for driving these NCWS cars as well as team manager Chuck Carruthers. "Chuck does all his talking at the shop," Warn explained. "During the race last week, Chuck just asked a few questions about the car and what I thought it needed. I know he took notes and went back to the shop and prepared a great car for me this week."

Warn's primary sponsor, Gran Prix Imports located in Wilsonville, OR. had an opportunity to witness what stock racing is all about this past Monday. "We had a big breakfast for the whole company and we watched the replay of All American on SPEED," Warn said. "It was great to see their interest and support. They asked a lot of questions and were in awe of the close side-by-side racing." Most of the Gran Prix Imports folks have experience in road-racing and this is their first foray into stock car racing.

"My goals are the same. I want to leave Phoenix as the top finishing rookie and to do that we have to qualify well and finish well. I am going to learn as much as I can from the other guys on the track, but I am also going to take what the track gives me."

-credit: mj2

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Jimmie Johnson , Jeff Jefferson