MOORESVILLE, NC (February 2, 2000) - Driver Lyndon Amick made a New Year's resolution to get more seat time in the year 2000. As the saying goes, "Be careful what you wish for." Two days of testing at Talladega on January 31st and February 1st...
MOORESVILLE, NC (February 2, 2000) - Driver Lyndon Amick made a New Year's resolution to get more seat time in the year 2000. As the saying goes, "Be careful what you wish for."
Two days of testing at Talladega on January 31st and February 1st kicked off a hectic month of activity for the 22 year-old NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division (NBS) regular. Before "Speedweeks" end on February 20, Amick will drive in no fewer than four different racing series at Daytona International Speedway.
Amick's motorsports marathon will find him competing in the Motorola Cup Series (MCS), the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Series and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS), in addition to the NBS event.
"To say that I'm going to be kind of busy is an understatement," said Amick. " I know it's going to be a lot of hard work, but it's great experience, and I think it'll be a lot of fun."
Amick will kick off his racing odyssey by strapping into a family-owned Dodge Viper to tackle the road course at Daytona International Speedway, competing in the new Super Grand Sport Series of the three-hour Motorola Cup endurance event on February 4. In his very first road race competition, Amick will share seat time with his good friend and fellow NBS regular Hank Parker, Jr.
Next on the itinerary will be practice and qualifying for the February 13th ARCA Pro2Call 200. In his series debut, Amick will pilot the No. 99 entry owned and prepared by Ken Schrader Racing, with sponsorship from Penda.
Ken Schrader Racing is also the home of Amick's NCTS ride, the No. 52 Penda Chevy Silverado that he will race for the first time in the February 18th NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 250. Schrader is known for competing in a number of different racing series, and Amick says the opportunity to drive for such a well-rounded competitor is too good to pass up.
"People say that Ken can drive anything with wheels on it," laughs Amick. "He's a contender in every series he competes in, and I'd like to be seen that way by my peers. Ken's been a great mentor to me, and I've learned a lot from him. I want to reward him for his belief in me with two good finishes in his equipment."
Things really get rolling for the young driver during the week leading up to the NCTS and NBS races. On February 15th, Amick will scramble from his NCTS machine to take the wheel of the No. 35 Powertel Chevy Monte Carlo in back to back morning practice sessions. Later that afternoon, he'll reverse the process. Conceivably, Amick could spend six and a half hours in the driver's seat on Tuesday alone, followed by more practice and first-round qualifying sessions for both series on Wednesday.
As if Amick's dance card wasn't full enough, he'll also squeeze in a photo shoot and media interviews into his packed schedule. Amick admits that he's both excited and a bit apprehensive about the sheer volume of his responsibilities.
"I think I won't have a problem going to sleep after all this is over," Amick believes. "It's definitely a lot to deal with, but I know that the experience will be a positive one for myself and my team."
While the pace slows somewhat for Amick after "Speedweeks" end, he says that the phrase "free time" has been virtually eliminated from his vocabulary during the 2000 season. He plans to drive in a number of other ARCA, NCTS and MCS races, in addition to competing in the full 32-race NBS season.
"If I drive in every event that's currently on my calendar, I'll get two weekends off this year," he says, "and one of those will be used for my honeymoon."
Amick believes that the experience he'll gain from his increased workload will more than make up for his loss of leisure time. Fortunately for Amick, he has an understanding partner, fiancée Melanie Brown, whom he'll marry in April.
"She knows that it's like any other young couple just starting out," says Amick. "To get your careers going, you have to make sacrifices, and sometimes that means long hours at the office. My office just happens to move at around 180 miles per hour."