Phoenix: J&J Racing notes

New J&J Silver Crown cars receive strong grade in debut performance. McKENZIE, TN (March 26) - Designing and building a chassis for one of the most competitive open wheel series in motorsports can be a daunting task. The staff at J&J Auto Racing...

New J&J Silver Crown cars receive strong grade in debut performance.

McKENZIE, TN (March 26) - Designing and building a chassis for one of the most competitive open wheel series in motorsports can be a daunting task. The staff at J&J Auto Racing has once again proved they could take a concept from paper and build a chassis that is an on-track success. Two new J&J Silver Crown cars debuted in Sunday's Copper World Classic and finished in the top 20.

"I was extremely pleased with the performance of the car on the track," said Jack French, crew chief of the #115 ParkerStore "Spirit of Knoxville" J&J that was driven by USAC rookie Donny Schatz. "With the caliber of field that was in Phoenix and the fact that we took a driver that had maybe 80-90 pavement laps total in a champ car and qualified 17th was awesome. He gave me great feedback and I was really able to adjust the car to get him comfortable.

"The car was very strong throughout the 100 lap race, and I know we've got a great race car here. In the upcoming races, I can only see us continuing to move up in the field. Ixm really excited about the possibilities. Everyone at J&J should be proud of all the hard work they put into this Silver Crown car. Our goal is to get them some great finishes to show our appreciation."

Schatz and his R.E. Technologies teammate, Tyler Walker, finished 18th and 16th respectably in the season opener for the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown series. Walker had his #35 R.E. Technologies/Curb/Agajanian J&J running close to the top ten during the race, but had to back-off late in the race.

"Tyler was strong all weekend, but in the race his brakes simply got too hot and we had to tell him to slow down," said Chris Santucci, crew chief on the #35 R.E. Technologies/Curb/Agajanian entry. "The car was tremendous. Tyler was a top five car in practice and if an accident hadn't occurred right before he went out, Ixm confident he would have qualified up there.

"I feel really good about the weekend. Both teams finished the race in the top 20 and we learned a lot that will only make us better."

As the teams returned to their Memphis-based shop, they will go over their notes before conducting two practice sessions prior to heading to their next race, the Hoosier 100, on Saturday, May 10 at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

-j&j-

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Series USAC
Drivers Donny Schatz , Tyler Walker