Indy IRP/Terre Haute: Edwards/RET preview

STELLAR LINEUP BEHIND THE WHEEL AT ORP AND TERRE HAUTE MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- August 1, 2006 -- The lineup behind the wheel of the Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing cars this weekend reads like a Who's Who of some of the best drivers in the...

STELLAR LINEUP BEHIND THE WHEEL AT ORP AND TERRE HAUTE

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- August 1, 2006 -- The lineup behind the wheel of the Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing cars this weekend reads like a Who's Who of some of the best drivers in the country. The team will race twice over a period of three days, on August 3rd at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis and at the Terre Haute Action Track in USAC Silver Crown Series action.

Carl Edwards will drive the No. 199 Ford powered C&R Silver Crown car Thursday night at O'Reilly Raceway Park. It will be his fourth start for the team he owns.

"Indy is always a big weekend," stated Edwards. "There is so much history and tradition. I will be running triple duty starting on Thursday in my USAC Silver Crown No. 199 Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing Ford, Saturday in my Busch No. 60 Ameriquest Ford and top it off Sunday in my No 99 Office Depot NEXTEL Cup car. O'Reilly Raceway Park and the Brickyard are so different, but the mission is the same. Tackle each lap like it's the last and gain points in all three championship races."

The Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing team is only three points out of fourth and fourteen points out of third in the owner's points standings heading into ORP. The Missouri native and most recent NASCAR Busch Series winner says he is happy with the results from Peter Shepherd, Jerry Coons Jr. and the No. 199 team so far this season.

"I watched Peter Shepherd in the ARCA RE/MAX race at Gateway Friday and he was awesome," said Edwards. "He finished fourth among some very good drivers. I'm very pleased with the direction of our Silver Crown team and I only see only good things for the future."

USAC rookie of the year candidate, Peter Shepherd will hand over the driving duties to Carl Edwards this weekend but will return to the cockpit of the No. 199 USAC Silver Crown for the remainder of the pavement portion of the schedule. Edwards has six Silver Crown starts at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. He recorded his second career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win there at the .686 mile oval in 2003.

"Carl Edwards has won before at ORP and we hope to put him in victory lane again," said Team Manager Chris Santucci.

"It is so exciting to be part of the Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing team," said Edwards. "The cars are so fast, it's a blast. I just won a race at O'Reilly Raceway Park a couple weeks ago and I can't wait to get back into the car."

Thursday's J.D. ByRider 100 is not the first time Edwards has been behind the wheel of the new generation Silver Crown car. The NASCAR star tested the No. 199 at Homestead-Miami Speedway earlier this year.

TERRE HAUTE TWO NIGHTS LATER

Following the J.D. ByRider 100, the Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing team will load up for the seventy-four mile trip to the First Financial Bank Sumar Classic 100 on the ½ mile dirt Terre Haute Action Track. USAC National Midget Series points leader Jerry Coons Jr. will wheel the No. 199 Silver Crown car and USAC Rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will drive the No. 35. Both drivers have been quite busy since their last outing with the team at the Hoosier Hundred in May. Coons has been busy driving the No. 11 Wilke-Pak midget in USAC National Midget Series action and the No. 69 Hoffman Auto Racing entry in USAC National Sprint Car competition. Jerry Coons is 7th in drivers points and his team is 3rd in owners points.

"It has been good running in all three divisions this year," smiled Coons. "I like staying busy. I am trying to stay sharp running as many races as I can. We have had a good year overall."

Ricky Stenhouse has also had a good season to date. The USAC rookie won three of the five sprint car races during Ohio Sprint Week earlier this month. He also won three USCS races and finished second last weekend at Knoxville Raceway in a tune-up for the Knoxville Nationals.

"I will be going into Terre Haute with a lot more confidence," smiled Stenhouse. "We have been busy running midgets, winged as well as non winged sprints and even an SCCA road course event. Hopefully I can carry some momentum from our good finishes into the Terre Haute race."

While the Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing team was racing at the Milwaukee Mile, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was about an hour north learning at the Skip Barber Racing School at Road America. The R.E. Technologies Racing development driver also competed in his first SCCA Mazda Spec Miata race against more experienced drivers.

"I think I ran decent for my first time out on a road course," said Stenhouse. "I would like to thank Chris Santucci and RE Technologies for giving me a chance to learn in the team's driver development program. I think it will pay off later down the road."

USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES ON TV

The "J.D. ByRider 100 presented by TourHendricksCounty.com" is scheduled to air on the Outdoor Channel August 19 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. For a complete TV schedule, please visit our website.

-www.retechracing.com

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Series USAC
Drivers Skip Barber , Carl Edwards , Jerry Coons , Ricky Stenhouse Jr. , Peter Shepherd , Jerry Coons Jr.