USAR: Indy IRP: Greg Van Alst preview

Van Alst Has Eyes Set On Top-Ten Performance At IRP Indianapolis, IN - - United Speed Alliance Racing competitor Greg Van Alst knows he hasn't knocked out any stellar performances thus far in 2004, but he's looking to change that as the USAR...

Van Alst Has Eyes Set On Top-Ten Performance At IRP

Indianapolis, IN - - United Speed Alliance Racing competitor Greg Van Alst knows he hasn't knocked out any stellar performances thus far in 2004, but he's looking to change that as the USAR tour invades Indianapolis Raceway Park this weekend.

The Van Alst Motorsports team homes to bring their hometown crowd to the speedway this weekend to watch them hopefully score their first top-ten finish ever in the third event of the 2004 USAR North season.

Despite having a primary sponsor for the past two events, the team will roll into IRP Saturday without a primary logo. "ASTA 3000 wasn't originally on the schedule this weekend for IRP," said the driver of car 35. "Hopefully we'll have something lined up before we arrive at the track or pick up something before the green flag drops."

In his two events this year, Greg has scored a season's best 17th in the opener at South Boston, followed by a comfortable 21st place finish at Lonesome Pine.

"Our two finishes haven't been anything to yahoo about said," said the former ARCA RE/MAX Series driver. "However, I am very proud of my team, we've come a long way in a short amount of time, and I know the results will start coming."

While Van Alst had hoped to race in the NASCAR Busch Series event at IRP later this season, he admits he excited about his chances in the USAR series. "Originally at the start of the season, it looked very likely we would only be here in the NBS, but things have changed, and I'm looking forward to the weekend. I think we'll see a competitive race from practice to the checkered flag, I just hope we're near the front in the end."

During the break, the team has spent countless hours preparing to go faster, they think that's fixed. "We had a friend come out to the shop and help us, he changed some things and offered some ideas, I think we'll have a fast hot rod when we unload on Saturday," he continued.

As for the goals for the Anderson, Indiana native this weekend, seat time and see the checkered flag. "I really want to qualify well, and race well since it's my hometown race, but I have to remain optimistic we're running looking for more sponsors, so we're not going to push any issues early, we just want to race our way into the top ten."

The Naturally Fresh 200 presented by Lucas Oil Products is set for this Sunday, May 16th. Practice and qualifying are on the agenda on Saturday, with the race set to take the green on Sunday starting at 1:30pm EST. USARprocup.com the official Website of the series will carry all the action from the track.

For more information on Greg Van Alst, and the Van Alst Motorsports team please visit www.gregvanalst.com

-vam-

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