Young to drive Air Force Sprint car with Outlaws. UNION GROVE, WI (June 18) -- The United States Air Force has a couple of new weapons in its arsenal: its newly commissioned fighter the F-22 "Raptor" and sprint car driver Scott Young. Young...
Young to drive Air Force Sprint car with Outlaws.
UNION GROVE, WI (June 18) -- The United States Air Force has a couple of new weapons in its arsenal: its newly commissioned fighter the F-22 "Raptor" and sprint car driver Scott Young.
Young will start driving the Air Force-sponsored F-22 sprint car with the Pennzoil World of Outlaw Series in celebration of the new aircraft at the Duel in the Dakotas at Red River Valley Speedway July 4-6. The event will be the first televised by Speed Channel.
The Young Autosports car will be displayed for fans at both Red River Valley Speedway and Cedar Lake Speedway (July 8th). NASCAR Winston Cup drive Elliot Saddler's #21 U.S.A.F. show car will also be on display at Red River Valley Speedway.
Technical Sergeant Keith Houin of the 342nd AF Recruiting Squadron in Fort Snelling, MN, is spearheading the effort. "We already sponsor a team on the World Sled Tour and we also are involved with some moto-cross events," Houin said. "This seemed like a natural way to continue to reach our audience. Scott is a great representative for us and the alliance seemed natural. We are very happy to have him and Young Autosports as a team member. If I had my own way and enough money, I'd do it (sponsor Young) personally so he could race full time. He's that good. Unfortunately, our funding is limited to just these four races and we want to make the most of them."
Young, who has been employed the past two years by 1995 World of Outlaws champion and current NASCAR Winston Cup driver Dave Blaney, met Houin at Knoxville. Young gave Houin a ride in the two-seated sprint car from the Dave Blaney Outlaw Driving Experience.
"It was incredible," exclaimed Houin who admits he was hooked from then on. Prior to that, Young raced sprint cars in the upper Midwest, competing with the Interstate Racing Association, the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series and assorted local events.
The F-22 sprint car is an Eagle Chassis powered by Moyle racing engines and will be use Goodyear Tires. Penske shocks will add stability and the graphics were done by 262 Graphics of Kenosha, WI. The car will be painted much like the actual F-22 "Raptor" with a few "racy" additions.
"We just hope the car is as fast as the jet," Young said. "We couldn't be happier about this whole deal and we really wish it could be more. That's just the way things are working. We're working on a couple other things as a team and hope to be back out full time soon."
Crew chief and father Bruce Young will keep the team and effort in check. The F-22 is the newest addition to the U.S.A.F.'s tactical fighter aircraft inventory. It will combine the latest in stealth technology coupled with the agility and speed of the F15s and F16s. Scheduled for deployment at Langley AFB (VA), the F-22 is expected to eventually replace the F-15s of the "Fighting First." Although many details of the plane are still classified, worldwide opinion of the new fighter is very positive.