Sam Pierce joins owners' list for new car

MUNCIE, INDIANA NATIVE PIERCE PURCHASES RILEY SILVER CROWN CAR FOR 2006 SEASON INDIANAPOLIS -- USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series car owner Sam Pierce of Muncie, Ind. has joined the list of owners for the 2006 season with the purchase of a...

MUNCIE, INDIANA NATIVE PIERCE PURCHASES RILEY SILVER CROWN CAR FOR 2006 SEASON

INDIANAPOLIS -- USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series car owner Sam Pierce of Muncie, Ind. has joined the list of owners for the 2006 season with the purchase of a Riley Technologies chassis for his son, Aaron.

The car is the second to be sold by Riley Technologies, according to Vice President Ron McMahon. Multiple-time Indianapolis 500 starter Eliseo Salazar and longtime Silver Crown owner Johnny Vance purchased the first chassis late last month.

"Obviously, we're pleased to sell another car, especially to a current owner in the series," McMahon said. "We know we're going to have multiple cars in the series right away, and we're happy with that. We've done some work with Aaron and Sam with the former pavement cars, and look forward to working with them on the new cars."

Aaron Pierce, the 2004 series Rookie of the Year, has competed off and on in the USAC Valvoline National Sprint Car Series and National Midget Car Series over the past three seasons and recorded his first and only career USAC victory in April 2003, winning the Sprint car opener at the Anderson (Ind.) Speedway.

Since the beginning of 2004, Aaron has competed fulltime in the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series and mustered a ninth-place finish in the final point rundown in 2004, thanks to a career-best third at Pikes Peak International Raceway, two Top-5 finishes and five Top-10 results. In 2005, Aaron made five of the 10 shows.

Sam Pierce, who owns the Sam Pierce Chevrolet dealership in Daleville, Ind., has solicited the assistance of Riley in the past. The two have worked diligently on the pavement Silver Crown car over the past two seasons. The Pierces expect to continue running their dirt program.

"I have a lot of faith in Riley's ability to go about this," Sam Pierce said. "I think their knowledge and experience with this car has been a benefit. They helped us with our old pavement car during the 2004 season, and it was good help and a good step."

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Series USAC
Drivers Eliseo Salazar , Aaron Pierce