J&J's KIDD driver Murcott Knoxville preview

KIDD driver set to make USA debut in J&J against the World Of Outlaws. KNOXVILLE, Iowa (April 23) - David Murcott knew he'd be in for a tough learning curve once he was selected driver of the 2002 Knoxville International Driver Development...

KIDD driver set to make USA debut in J&J against the World Of Outlaws.

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (April 23) - David Murcott knew he'd be in for a tough learning curve once he was selected driver of the 2002 Knoxville International Driver Development (KIDD) program last November. On Friday night, he'll make his first career sprint car start in the United States at Knoxville (IA) Raceway. The competition on most Saturday nights is tough enough, but with last week's season opener being rained out, Murcott's debut will come against the best in the world: The Pennzoil World of Outlaws.

"I sure would have liked to have more laps on this track before having to race with the Outlaws," said Murcott, who will pilot the #20 J&J with Gaerte horsepower. "I guess if you're going to be the best, you've got to race with the best."

Murcott is the first driver selected for the KIDD program, which was initiated by Roger Johnson of Kele. Murcott, who moved from his native Tasmania to Victoria (Australia) to expand the scope of his sprint car racing career, will spend the entire 2002 racing season competing at Knoxville Raceway driving a car that will be tuned by Hall of Famer, Bob Trostle.

The 31-year-old has previously driven a J&J and really likes the equipment he will be using on the legendary half-mile dirt oval. "I've raced a J&J before in Australia and really think they are the nicest cars out there," continued Murcott, who won the Premier Speedway Track Championship in 2000-01. "I felt really good in our practice session and having a guy like Bob Trostle in my corner is a real advantage. He's been really successful for a long time and I'm just thankful to be driving this race car."

The KIDD program provides one driver from outside the United States the opportunity to race an entire season at Knoxville Raceway that will culminate with an appearance in the Kele World Challenge, during the 42nd annual Mopar Parts Knoxville Nationals in August. The team is using some of the best equipment in the motorsports industry including racecars from J&J Auto Racing, motors from Gaerte Engines, components from Sander Engineering, Shocks from Pro Shocks and Sprint Car Wings by Lev Enterprises.

"Being named to the KIDD program is a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Murcott. "I can't explain in words how excited I am to be racing here for the season. Our goal is to make as many features as possible and with equipment like the J&J cars and Gaerte Engines and components from Sander Engineering, we'll have the best available equipment and a great crew chief, so it will be up to me on most nights. I know it's going to be tough, but I'm going to try to have fun along the way too."

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