WS: Portland: Jim Warn preview

Warn Hopes Hometown Knowledge Equals Success; MJ2 Racing Driver Jim Warn Races at Home Track for first Time in NASCAR Career AURORA, OR. (July 15, 2009) Jim Warn from Aurora, Oregon and driver of the GPI Performance.com Chevrolet in the NASCAR...

Warn Hopes Hometown Knowledge Equals Success; MJ2 Racing Driver Jim Warn Races at Home Track for first Time in NASCAR Career

AURORA, OR. (July 15, 2009) Jim Warn from Aurora, Oregon and driver of the GPI Performance.com Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Series-West is eager to return to where it all began for him more than ten years ago. This Sunday afternoon Warn returns to Portland International Raceway for the running of the Bi-Mart/Salute to the Troops "125" on the beautiful 1.98-mile road course in the Rose City.

Warn started his racing career at PIR that culminated in a championship a handful of years ago. This weekend will be a homecoming of sorts but a pivotal event in the 2009 season for his second year NASCAR Camping World Series team. "I have a lot of laps around Portland and know the layout really well," Warn stated. "But these West cars are very different so I really do not have a tangible advantage other than knowledge of the track."

"PIR is such a momentum track," Warn Continued. "You race the track like any other road course but you have to keep up your momentum. If you don't then you end up throwing that lap away and concentrating on the next one. I love the race track and I know the series will put on a great show for the Portland area fans."

Warn is coming off a difficult stretch where the team has lost two motors in consecutive events and a top finish will be just what the doctor ordered. "It has been a tough couple of weeks for the team," Warn offered. "The team has been extremely dedicated and we have worked hard. We addressed the issues with the motors and we feel that is behind us so a top five finish this weekend would go a long way for the morale of the team. We know we have a very competitive car for the event and can't wait to get on track."

PIR has a very unique 1.98-mile layout that can be tricky. "The track is really flat and even off camber on some of the corners," Warn said. "The long straights are great but you will use a lot of brakes so that will be the biggest challenge during the race. The track is also a bit narrower then Infineon or Miller so you really have to be smart when passing. You can run out of track in a hurry."

Warn will be racing in his hometown for the first time in his NASCAR career and he hopes that will be the successful element to the weekend. "It is going to be a lot of fun to race at home," Warn said. "We will have a lot of family, friends, and employees at the race so what better place to compete for a top finish."

Warn is currently in the tenth position in the point standings after eight races 133 points behind ninth place and 237 points out of the fifth position.

Warn drives for MJ2 Racing and is sponsored by GPI Performance.Com. The car is powered by a Chevrolet NASCAR Spec Engine built by Brad "Freight Train" Peters and sits atop a Hopkins chassis. Warn is in his second year of competition in the NCWS with seven top ten finishes in 21 career NCWS starts.

The Bi-Mart/Salute to the Troops "125" at Portland International Raceway is round nine of the 13-race NASCAR Camping World Series-West schedule for 2009. The race will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on SPEED Channel Thursday, July 30 at noon PT. Check local listings for date and time in your area. 2009 is the 56th year of competition for the NASCAR Camping World Series-West.

-credit: mj2r

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