SHEPHERD SCORES FIRST PODIUM OF ROOKIE SEASON AT CHICAGOLAND JOLIET, Ill. -- July 7, 2006 -- Peter Shepherd made history Friday at Chicagoland Speedway. The USAC Rookie Silver Crown driver recorded the best finish for a Canadian ever in the...
SHEPHERD SCORES FIRST PODIUM OF ROOKIE SEASON AT CHICAGOLAND
JOLIET, Ill. -- July 7, 2006 -- Peter Shepherd made history Friday at Chicagoland Speedway. The USAC Rookie Silver Crown driver recorded the best finish for a Canadian ever in the USAC Silver Crown Series when he finished second. He also scored the best finish for the Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing team on pavement.
"I had so much faith in the crew," smiled Shepherd. "Our Ford powered C&R car was absolutely perfect."
Everything was not perfect earlier in the day as gremlins caused the No. 199 team to miss their spot in qualifying, forcing them to start 11th. But the gremlins did not get the team down. Instead, Team Manager Chris Santucci, lead mechanic Robert Hubbard and crewmembers Robert Gant, Tommy Bracken and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. went to work to remedy the problem. Running the same setup that the team used at Kentucky, Peter Shepherd began to move forward through the field when the race started with the aide of his spotter and team owner, Carl Edwards. Edwards coached the rookie around the 1.5 mile Chicagoland oval he knows well. The USAC owner spent most of his day on the track behind the wheels of his NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series rides for Roush Racing.
"Every time he told me to go a little bit deeper and a little bit harder into the corner," stated Shepherd. "He told me there was a possibility to catch the leader."
Peter Shepherd followed the advice of Edwards passing cars and turning laps that were at times faster than the leader.
"The car was probably capable of winning the race today," smiled Shepherd. "We were one spot away from winning. I feel really proud to wear the Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies banner."
Scoring the best finish for a Canadian driver in the USAC Silver Crown Series also was a thrill for Shepherd.
"Hopefully by the end of the year I will have set another record, by winning one of these races."
Peter Shepherd III will have an opportunity to best his record two weeks from today when the USAC Silver Crown Series presented by K&N visits the historic one mile oval at the Milwaukee Mile on July 22-23rd. The series will share the track with the IRL IndyCar Series that weekend.
MOVING ON UP
Peter Shepherd and the Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing moved up in the points with their second place finish Friday at Chicagoland. Shepherd jumped from ninth to seventh in the driver's points and the team moved from fifth to fourth in the owner's points. The young Canadian is now in second in the USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year points standings.
USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES ON TV
The USG Fiberock 100 is scheduled to air on the Outdoor Channel July 29 at 5pm Eastern time. The Outdoor Channel will air twelve, one-hour broadcasts this season with additional replays scheduled. Veteran racing broadcast icon, Jack Arute will call the race while Rob Klepper will handle the color commentary. Brienne Pedigo will report from pit lane. The Kentucky 100 will air Saturday night at 5pm Eastern on the Outdoor Channel. For a complete TV schedule, please visit our website.