CARS champions to get NASCAR test

TERRE HAUTE (March 16, 2004) The Championship Auto Racing Series announced today that their 2004 Stock Car and Super Truck points Champions plus a "wildcard driver" in each division will be awarded the opportunity to test and be evaluated in a ...

TERRE HAUTE (March 16, 2004) The Championship Auto Racing Series announced today that their 2004 Stock Car and Super Truck points Champions plus a "wildcard driver" in each division will be awarded the opportunity to test and be evaluated in a Penske/Jasper Motorsports #77 NASCAR Nextel Cup Dodge at season's end.

The program is in conjunction with Jasper Engines & Transmissions, Indianapolis Raceway Park and the Championship Auto Racing Series.

Jasper Engines & Transmissions have been a primary CARS series sponsor for the past two years. The CARS series will use Jasper engine heads in 2004 prior to going to Jasper Spec Racing engines exclusively for the 2005-racing season.

Jasper launched its Panther Spec Engine Program nationally last fall at the Performance Racing Industry Show in Indianapolis. The Panther Spec program is geared to racetracks that want to level the horsepower playing field and increase car counts by controlling cost.

Tom Schrader, Vice-President of Marketing for Jasper said, "The Championship Auto Racing Series has played an important research and development role for our spec racing engines. The CARS series Jasper engines have proven performance and reliability race after race. We are please to furnish a Penske/Jasper NASCAR Nextel Cup Dodge for the CARS test. We are always looking for new driver talent. Indianapolis Raceway Park is the perfect place to conduct the test since two of the three top NASCAR divisions compete there."

Indianapolis Raceway Park's 5/8 oval has been the home track for the CARS series since it's inception in 1997. IRP is a multi-purpose facility owned by the National Hot Rod Association. The General Manage of Indianapolis Raceway Park, Ron Anderson remarked, that "The CARS series has given us an opportunity to utilize our oval track several times a season. We are excited to be a part of the NASCAR Jasper Nextel cup test for the CARS series. It would be great to have one of our CARS guys move up in the ranks. We have had some drivers that cut their teeth at IRP then went on to bigger things like Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman have."

"We are very fortunate to be working with a great American company, like Jasper. Jasper backs their products and our series. This is a tremendous opportunity for one of our CARS racers to actually drive a Nextel Cup car. I know that this is really going to intensify the points chase for all the drivers" as stated by Jim Mills President of the Championship Auto Racing Series.

- IRP -

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Series Stock car
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Ryan Newman