Erin Crocker Set To Make ARCA Debut At Nashville Speedway In Evernham Dodge STATESVILLE, NC (March 23, 2005) -- Evernham Motorsports driver and World of Outlaws phenom Erin Crocker will make her first start in the ARCA Re/MAX series this weekend...
Erin Crocker Set To Make ARCA Debut At Nashville Speedway In Evernham Dodge
STATESVILLE, NC (March 23, 2005) -- Evernham Motorsports driver and World of Outlaws phenom Erin Crocker will make her first start in the ARCA Re/MAX series this weekend at Nashville Speedway. She will be driving the No. 98 Evernham Motorsports Dodge.
Crocker, who turned 24 this week, has shown great promise in the Evernham Motorsports driver development program. She has tested at both Kentucky Speedway and Nashville Speedway with solid results.
This weekend, she will pilot Evernham Motorsports' ARCA series Dodge on the 1.33-mile tri-oval speedway under the guidance of Ray Evernham and team director Chris Andrews. She will run several additional ARCA races this season, and will make her NASCAR Busch Series debut later this season. She also will compete in the USAC Silver Crown Series in a car fielded by Kasey Kahne Racing.
Erin Crocker on Testing
"We took ARCA cars to Kentucky on March 9 and then to the open ARCA test at Nashville on March 15. The first test at Kentucky was really an orientation for me. Ray and Chris Andrews let me go at my own pace. It was a very good test. I made a lot of laps and learned a lot about these bigger heavier cars. I think we all came away from the first test satisfied.
"The following Tuesday we went to Nashville. Kasey came along to help me. He drove the back-up car and I drove my primary car. This is whole different type of racing for me. so each time I get on the track I learn more and more. I was very happy to see we had the fastest lap times of all the ARCA cars there testing, especially considering it was my second time in the car and first time on that track."
Erin Crocker on Her First ARCA Race
"It is one thing to make laps when you are on your own. There is a lot more to it on race day with pit stops, restarts, and cars all around me. So we are off to a good start but it is only the very beginning. I am really looking forward to this weekend. I can't wait to run my first race with Evernham Motorsports. I can't say it enough how thankful I am for this opportunity."
Erin Crocker: Driver Busch Series, ARCA
Birthdate: March 23, 1981
Hometown: Wilbraham, Mass.
Erin Crocker is the first female to join the Evernham Motorsports driver development program. The Wilbraham, Mass., native will drive Evernham Motorsports-prepared Dodges in selected events in the NASCAR Busch Series and ARCA Series in 2005. She also will compete in selected events in the Silver Crown Series in a car from Kasey Kahne Motorsports.
Crocker comes to Evernham Motorsports from the open-wheel ranks. She began her racing career in a Quarter Midget at the age of seven and is the only female to win a World of Outlaws (WoO) race.
Crocker balanced her racing career with sports and academics through high school. She participated at the varsity level in soccer, tennis and lacrosse as well as being a member of the ski team. In 1997, her sophomore year of high school, she became the youngest driver to win a feature at Whip City Speedway en route to Rookie-of-the-Year honors. In 1999, she claimed rookie honors in the Eastern Limited Sprints.
In 2002, Crocker posted five A-feature wins in the Mike Woodring-prepared 360 sprint. After spending the early part of the 2003 season competing in the USAC Silver Crown Series, Crocker returned to the dirt winged sprint cars. In only her third time behind the wheel of a 410 sprint car, Crocker became the first woman in the 43-year history of World of Outlaws competition to qualify for the Knoxville Nationals. She was named the 2003 Nationals' Rookie of the Year.
Crocker earned a bachelor's degree in Industrial and Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. in 2003.
Crocker competed the full season in the highly-competitive World of Outlaws Series in 2004, driving for Woodring Racing. Her feature-event win came at Tulare, Calif.