McDowell gears up for Gateway, DuQuoin Two races in a four-day span for ARCA rookie MOORESVILLE, NC (August 31, 2007) - Fresh off of a fourth place finish at The Milwaukee Mile, ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Michael McDowell heads to the state of ...
McDowell gears up for Gateway, DuQuoin
Two races in a four-day span for ARCA rookie
MOORESVILLE, NC (August 31, 2007) - Fresh off of a fourth place finish at The Milwaukee Mile, ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Michael McDowell heads to the state of Illinois for a dual-race weekend.
First up is the road course-like confine of Gateway International Raceway in Madison.
McDowell, a winner on the Rolex Sports Car Series and the Star Mazda Series, has an affinity for road course racing, but admits that Gateway, a 1.25 mile oval, is a little bit different:
"There is uniqueness to this track," said McDowell. "We tested here and were really able to understand the track a little bit. The road course tendencies are there but it is its own beast. It will provide some good racing because you have to put on your thinking cap to tackle this place."
McDowell brings his No. 2 Z-Line Designs / Make-A- Wish / Beck Dodge to Gateway just 95 points behind leader Frank Kimmel in the series standings. The Arizona native hopes to narrow the distance between he and Kimmel by virtue of winning:
"The car we have for Gateway is fast. We've adopted a 'one race at a time' approach and I think you'll see that pay off there. We're certainly capable of winning the championship but Friday night will be all about getting Eddie Sharp Racing a race win."
And if Friday bodes as well as McDowell expects, he'll bring a head of steam to the Labor Day ARCA spectacular at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.
The second and final dirt track event of the 2007 ARCA season, DuQuoin has been circled on McDowell's calendar ever since his runner-up finish at sister dirt track Springfield. To say he's eager to play in the dirt again is an understatement:
"Oh, DuQuoin is going to be a good time," grinned McDowell. "I had never driven dirt until Springfield- didn't have any idea what to expect, but it was non- stop fun.
"We went into Springfield without a game plan, just hoping to survive the madness. Now, I think we can go for the win. Frank (Kimmel) will be tough, Ken Schrader is always good, but I think we can mix it up."