Coons and Stenhouse to Drive for Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing at Hoosier Hundred Memphis, Tenn. -- May 19, 2006 -- Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing Team Manager Chris Santucci announced Jerry Coons Jr. and Silver Crown& ...
Coons and Stenhouse to Drive for Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing at Hoosier Hundred
Memphis, Tenn. -- May 19, 2006 -- Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing Team Manager Chris Santucci announced Jerry Coons Jr. and Silver Crown™ newcomer Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will drive for the team at next weekend's Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Coons will pilot the No. 99 USAC Silver Crown car while Stenhouse will drive the No. 35 DynoTech/ J&J.
"We are excited to have two fine drivers behind the wheel of our car this weekend at the Hoosier Hundred," said Santucci. Jerry Coons is a proven veteran behind the wheel of our cars and Ricky Stenhouse is an up and coming driver who wants to take it to the next level."
Jerry Coons Jr. will drive the No. 99 for the second time this season. Coons finished 9th at the season opener at Phoenix.
"I am looking forward to the race," said Coons. "We will be running the same car that we have been fast with in the past. We expect to have a good showing there."
Coons has driven in more races for the team than any other driver, nearly half of all events since 2000. The No. 99 car is currently 6th in owner's points. Over the past few years, Coons and the team have recorded three poles, seven top five finishes and fifteen top ten finishes including a runner up finish at the 2001 Hoosier Hundred.
Ricky Stenhouse is a newcomer to the USAC Silver Crown Series but is not a newcomer to Open Wheel dirt track racing. The 18-year-old high school senior was born into the business, as his father Rick Stenhouse Sr. was a winning driver and is now the successful owner of DynoTech Engines.
"I have grown up around racing and it is all I have ever wanted to do," said Stenhouse. "It is all I ever been around."
The Olive Branch, Mississippi native was racing go-karts by age six and was behind the wheel of a 360 winged sprint car at age 15. He has also raced with the World of Outlaws and at the Knoxville Nationals. Ricky Stenhouse is hoping to gain attention of car owners at the next level with successful finishes in his rookie season in the Silver Crown Series on dirt.
"I am real excited to be racing for the team," smiled Stenhouse. "I am thankful for to Chris and the team for giving me the opportunity to do it. This will allow me to get my name out there."
His only USAC start came at Memphis in 2004 where he finished 7th in USAC National Sprint Car Series action.