ROUSH RACING DEVELOPMENT DRIVER SONDI EDEN TO COMPETE WITH THE CRA SUPER SERIES The National Guard To Sponsor Eden's Ride Salem, IN (February 22, 2006) -- Hendricks County Motorsports owner Jim Winters announced today that Roush Racing ...
ROUSH RACING DEVELOPMENT DRIVER SONDI EDEN TO COMPETE WITH THE CRA SUPER SERIES
The National Guard To Sponsor Eden's Ride
Salem, IN (February 22, 2006) -- Hendricks County Motorsports owner Jim Winters announced today that Roush Racing Development Driver Sondi Eden will compete fulltime with the CRA Super Series during the 2006 season in a Hendricks County Motorsports late model. The Crawfordsville, Indiana native was a member of the Roush Racing Search For Driver X program that was aired in a series of 13 shows on the Discovery Channel starting in October and ending just a few weeks ago.
The open wheel competitor was one of just two females in the original group of 25 drivers that were chosen from 1,700 original applicants for the contest in which the winner would receive a full ride in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series ride for the 2006 season. Eden got to compete against the other drivers, including 2004 CRA Super Series Champion Chuck Barnes Jr., in a Roush Racing NASCAR Craftsman Truck at Martinsville Speedway and then got invited back as a special returning guest to compete in the truck at Darlington Speedway against the finalist of the show that was eventually won by Erik Darnell. Roush was impressed with Eden's results, but saw the need for more experience driving stock cars.
"Roush saw a lot of potential," Eden said, "and then I finished No. 1 in the viewers poll on the Discovery Channel, which was a big deal. Roush decided to sign me as a development driver and get me more experience in a stock car. It will be neat competing at the tracks the CRA Super Series will visit in 2006, I know a lot of those tracks from racing open wheel shows at them."
Signing with Roush Racing is just another milestone in what has been a very successful racing career for Eden that includes the distinction of being the first woman to win a USAC Championship, when she claimed the USAC Regional Championship in 2004 while competing in a USAC Midget at the Indianapolis Speedrome. That same season she was the Hoosier Outlaw Sprint Series Rookie Of The Year after being one of the youngest competitors in the series that season. Eden finished in 4th place in the 2005 Hoosier Outlaw Sprint Series points.
Eden's main goal with the CRA Super Series is to get as many laps as possible against some of the best late model drivers in the country, but wants also to achieve as many top five finishes as possible and to capture the 2006 CRA Super Series Rookie Of The Year.
"Coming from open-wheel to stocks will be a change, but I adapted pretty quick to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck at Martinsville and Darlington. We are basically going opposite from faster to slower, but the car still has four wheels and I have to race it. I'm just hoping to get comfortable in stock cars, it will have to happen quick, because when you are competing for Roush Racing you are expected to win!"
The National Guard will sponsor the Sondi Eden Roush Racing Development Driver deal with the Hendricks County Motorsports #10 late model. The Hendricks County Motorsports #10 team, owned by Indianapolis, Indiana businessman Jim Winters, has a history of success in late model racing with various drivers, most recently with Purdue University Engineering graduate Chris Gabehart competing part-time in 2003, finishing 5th in series points and winning the CRA Super Series Rookie Of The Year Award in 2004 and another 5th place finish in points and getting Gabehart's first CRA Super Series victory during the 2005 season. Gabehart recently accepted an Engineering position with Hagans Racing, an ARCA RE/Max Series race team based in Indianapolis, with a chance to compete in selected ARCA RE/Max Series events during the 2006 season.
Eden will make her CRA Super Series debut in the All American 150 season opener at the famed Music City Motorplex at the Fairgrounds in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday, March 18th. More information is available on Sondi Eden at www.sondieden.com. More information on Roush Racing is available at www.roushracing.com.