Phoenix: J&J Auto Racing preview

Young stars set to debut new J&J Auto Racing Silvercrown Cars In Cooper World Classic. McKENZIE, TN (March 19) -- Many of the top open wheel drivers will be at Phoenix International Raceway for this weekend's USAC Weld Racing ...

Young stars set to debut new J&J Auto Racing Silvercrown Cars In Cooper World Classic.

McKENZIE, TN (March 19) -- Many of the top open wheel drivers will be at Phoenix International Raceway for this weekend's USAC Weld Racing Silvercrown Championship opener -- the Copper World Classic. Two of the brightest stars entered in the event are rookies Donny Schatz and Tyler Walker and both will debut newly designed J&J Auto Racing Silvercrown cars.

"We are really excited about these new cars and the guys driving them," said Jack Elam, President of J&J Auto Racing. "I know everyone at RE Technologies has done their homework to be prepared for this. We've worked really hard to design a winning racecar, and I'm looking forward to being in Phoenix to see the cars in action."

RE Technologies recently made major news by hiring the two young World of Outlaws stars. Roger Johnson, owner of the Memphis (TN) based RE Technologies, like many, is excited about the upcoming season.

"I consider Donny and Tyler to be two of the great young talents in motorsports today," said Johnson. "They will compliment each other tremendously as teammates and bring a new ingredient of excitement to the series."

The J&J cars will be on the track for Thursday's first practice session in Phoenix. Walker and Schatz have tested the cars and look forward to the weekend.

"The car was very fast," said Walker following a recent test in the Curb Records #35, which is co-owned by RE Technologies and Curb/Agajanian and will be prepared by crew chief Chris Santucci. "The new J&J car is solid and quick. I know that the car will be set up right. It is up to me to put it into the winner's circle."

Schatz will drive the #115 ParkerStore J&J and will have veteran mechanic Jack French assisting the team. The 25 year-old from Fargo, ND has tested the car on a couple of occasions and is anxious to get started.

"With the support of ParkerStores and RE Technologies, I have a great opportunity," said Schatz, who knows improvement every time he takes the track is the key. "When we tested in Memphis, the J&J car was really comfortable and making good speed. Here in Phoenix, we were able to run a lot of laps, and I am comfortable with the Silver Crown car, but it takes laps to be competitive in this USAC series. We're just going to keep working hard every time we go on the track."

Speed Channel will be taping the Copper World Classic and it is scheduled to air Thursday March 27th at 9 pm ET.

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Series USAC
Drivers Donny Schatz , Tyler Walker