CARL EDWARDS/ R.E. TECHNOLOGIES RACING READY TO ROLL AT PHOENIX Memphis, Tenn. -- January 18, 2006 -- Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing will begin their 6th season of USAC Silver Crown competition this weekend at the Copper World Classic ...
CARL EDWARDS/ R.E. TECHNOLOGIES RACING READY TO ROLL AT PHOENIX
Memphis, Tenn. -- January 18, 2006 -- Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing will begin their 6th season of USAC Silver Crown competition this weekend at the Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway. For the first time in series history, the team and their competitors will challenge the one-mile oval in their new generation Silver Crown cars. Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing traveled to the Indianapolis headquarters of C&R Racing last week to put the car together for Phoenix. For team manager, Chris Santucci, the choice of chassis manufacturer was easy.
"We did a lot of research looking at the different manufacturers and we saw that the only builder for us was C&R Racing," stated Santucci.
Santucci observed the C&R test at Phoenix a few weeks ago and came away pleased.
"I was impressed with the tests at Phoenix. The drivers said that they were comfortable in the car. I have a lot of respect for Chris Paulsen and his knowledge of racing."
The team selected veteran driver and Arizona native, Jerry Coons Jr. to pilot the car on its maiden voyage.
"We are looking forward to the opportunity of making the first race and getting a feel for the car," smiled Coons. "I think it is good to get in on the ground floor of things and be there at the start of the series."
Jerry Coons tested a new generation Silver Crown car a few weeks ago at Phoenix. Coons has spent more time behind the wheel driving for R.E. Technologies than any other driver. His experience with the new car combined with his years of communications with the team may determine the team's success this weekend.
"Some of the teams have been on the track and tested," stated Coons. "We are going to be a little bit behind the eight ball just getting the car done and getting out there so every minute of track time is going to be critical but I am looking forward to the challenge."
The Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing team will race with Ford engines under the hood this weekend. Ford has powered USAC Silver Crown champions the past four years.
Jerry Coons Jr. will be a busy man this weekend. Besides driving in the Silver Crown division, Coons with begin his quest for the 2006 USAC National Midget Series title. He finished second in 2005 splitting time with NASCAR veteran Tracy Hines. His car owner, Wilke Pak, won the 2005 owners championship.
FRESH BOWL OF CHILI
Jerry Coons Jr. comes to Phoenix with a top ten at the Chili Bowl finish fresh on his mind. Coons finished 9th in a 200 plus car field Saturday night, that included NASCAR and NHRA regulars in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He finished third behind Multi-Knoxville Nationals Winner Danny Lasoski and 20-time World of Outlaws champ Steve Kinser Wednesday night in the preliminary feature.
COONS TO AUSTRALIA
Jerry Coons will travel to Australia immediately following this weekend's Copper World Classic to compete at Parramatta City Raceway driving a midget for Mark Cooper.
USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES ON TV
The Silver Crown portion of the Copper World Classic is scheduled to air on the Outdoor Channel February 8 at 7pm Central 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.
IMAGES OF THE TEAM AT WORK
The Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing team has spent this week at the Indianapolis offices of C&R Racing preparing their car for this weekend's Copper World Classic. We have posted images of the early stages of the team's work in our photo gallery at www.retechracing.com.
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LIVE COPPER WORLD WEBCAST
Live coverage of the Copper World Classic will take place January 21 and 22 from Phoenix International Raceway exclusively on USACLive.com. USAC Live provides text updates through a unique Live Window on the website as well as photo coverage of the events surrounding race weekend. The website is also planning to provide live updates on the USAC National Midget Series as well. Fans can visit USACLive.com by clicking on the Live Trackside icon on our website.