McDowell, ESR ready to rock Pocono Fresh off 2nd place finish, McDowell looks to conquer racing labyrinth [spacer.gif] MOORESVILLE, NC (June 7, 2007) - It's been five months since Michael McDowell tackled a road course. The top-ten finish in a...
McDowell, ESR ready to rock Pocono
Fresh off 2nd place finish, McDowell looks to conquer racing labyrinth
[spacer.gif] MOORESVILLE, NC (June 7, 2007) - It's been five months since Michael McDowell tackled a road course. The top-ten finish in a Daytona Prototype was great for the annual 24 Hours of Daytona, but can that tricky up-shift/down-shift skill-set translate to his upcoming ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Pocono Raceway? Conventional wisdom says no way; however, veteran racers suggest the contrary. Either way, the 2.5 mile triangle is quite possibly the most perplexing venue on the ARCA schedule.
McDowell comes to Long Pond, Pennsylvania fresh off of a come-from-behind runner-up finish at Iowa Speedway that left ARCA fans wanting more. He thinks his No. 2 Z-Line Designs / Make-A-Wish / Beck Dodge is up to the task:
"(Pocono) is a new adventure for me," admitted McDowell. "It's big, it's fast, and from everything I've heard, it's complex. I like our chances. Every car that Eddie Sharp Racing has put onto the track this year has been fast. We fully intend to keep that streak going."
Lack of speed isn't a problem for McDowell; he leads the ARCA RE/MAX Series in laps led (258) and has shown no signs of slowing down. Still, Pocono Raceway is considered a thinking man's track and McDowell says he's ready to use his cerebral cortex just as much as his right foot:
"It will be a chess match, for sure. A lot of road racing tendencies are transferred over to a track like this, where shifting is a priority. It's quite an accomplishment to win at Pocono, so to go out there, lead laps, and come home with a win would be quite a statement."
Taming the track is one thing, but beating a strong field, one that includes NASCAR Cup Series regulars Johnny Sauter and Paul Menard is another. Always the competitor, McDowell welcomes the competition:
"Bring it. They're very talented, which is why they're in the big leagues. I'm glad that they want to come in and run with us. Racing against guys of their talent level forces me to adjust and ultimately become a better driver. But our team is good too and I know we've got something for them."
The Pocono 200 will air live on SPEED at 1 pm. Tune in and catch a pre-race feature starring McDowell.