namars: Aaron Pierce Indianapolis and Winchester preview

<pre> Sam Pierce Chevrolet Racing Team Driver - Aaron Pierce Notes, Quotes and Fast Facts Event: "Thursday Night Lightning" Sanction: North American Midget Auto Racing Series, Inc. (NAMARS) Division: ...

<pre> Sam Pierce Chevrolet Racing Team Driver - Aaron Pierce

Notes, Quotes and Fast Facts

Event: "Thursday Night Lightning" Sanction: North American Midget Auto Racing Series, Inc. (NAMARS) Division: Regional Midget Car Series (race #2)

Track: Indianapolis (IN) Speedrome - 1/5 paved Date: Thursday, May 3, 2001 Schedule: Gates - 5:00 pm, Racing - 7:00 pm

Speedrome History: Won USAC Regional Midget race at the Speedrome in 2000. Directions to Track: One mile west of I-465 on US 52 (Brookville Road), SE side of Indy.

Event: Winchester Shootout, Pepsi Rich Vogler Classic Sanction: Promoted by Winchester Speedway, pays NAMARS points Division: Championship Midgets

Track: Winchester (IN) Speedway - 1/2 paved Date: Friday-Sunday, May 3-5, 2001 Schedule: Friday - Open Practice; Saturday - Hot laps, 3:00; Racing, 7:30; Shootout, dusk (lights on) </pre> $5,000-to-win Shootout pits fastest 24 feature winners (from qualifying) $from 2000 season, any sanction against each other for 20 laps <pre> Sunday - Warm up, 10:00; Oldtimers session - 12:30; Midget 50-lap Feature, afternoon - Vogler Classic is $10,000-to-win

Winchester History: Has raced at the track in 2000 and tested successfully in 2001.

Directions to Track: 2.5 miles west of Winchester on SR 32 (construction in Winchester)


Car: Owner - Sam Pierce Chevrolet Number - 26 Chassis - Beast Engine - Snyder Chevrolet Sponsors - Sam Pierce Chevrolet, Snyder Enterprise, Cooper Tire, Long's Excavating, Hanna Auto Body

Age: 27 (birthdate: 3/28/74) Residence: Muncie, Indiana Family: Wife, Brooke - Daughter, Paige (born 6/30/00) Crew: Dave Hurley (Mayor of Daleville), Tony Hay, Ron Bunner, Larry Martz Driver Coach: Tom Bigelow (current manager of Winchester Speedway), USAC's all-time winningest Sprint car driver Driver Duties: Everything - driving the truck, working on the cars, parts runner, racing the car Full-Time Job: Racing career. Aaron also continues to work in his father's car dealership

2001 Racing Schedule: Will follow both NAMARS Championship/Regional Midgets and USAC National Midget tour Racing Honors: 2000 NAMARS "Rookie Of The Year;" 2nd In NAMARS National Points; Won "Rookie Of The Race" for 2001 "Thunder In The Dome" 100-lap invitational; 1998 Kenyon Car Champion

Racing Background: Midgets, Kenyon Cars, Legends, Karts Started Racing: Age 20 Racing Aspirations: Professional Race Car Driver Shop Location: At Sam Pierce Chevrolet, in Middletown, Indiana Favorite Track: Shadybowl Speedway, Degraff, OH Home Track: Anderson Speedway - won many Legends races there Racing Heroes: Tom Bigelow, Dale Earnhardt, Mel Kenyon Family Ties: Father Sam Pierce is owner of Sam Pierce Chevrolet, sponsor of the #26

Sam Pierce Chevrolet Racing Team/Snyder/Beast

DRIVER QUOTES " A A R O N P I E R C E </pre> Regarding the upcoming Indianapolis Speedrome NAMARS Regional Midget Car race Thursday:

"I feel very confident about my chances this Thursday, especially with the car I'll be driving. The competition is always good, and depending on which car Michael Lang brings - he'll be a factor regardless of what he's driving - the race should be between myself, Lang, Ricky Treadway and (2000 Speedrome Champ) Daryl Campbell."

Regarding upcoming $15,000 weekend at Winchester Speedway:

"The big money doesn't exactly affect how I drive. I need to just keep my equipment together and do the best I can. The money is nice, and it's an incentive, but I wouldn't get myself into a situation to crash a car over it. I like the track, but I'm not really comfortable there yet. But then again I don't have my car handling right for that place yet, either. This is a new year and I've picked up a whole lot more experience. We'll find out Wednesday when we test just how much that will apply to going back to Winchester - I think we'll do pretty well this weekend. I really like the high banks - it's like a BIG Anderson Speedway, my favorite track."

Regarding expectations for the upcoming 2001 season:

"We'll be racing a lot this year, and will be primarily concentrating on the USAC National Midget Series. I would like to finish in the top-10 in points in the USAC Midgets. I feel that would be a pretty successful season."

Regarding expanding 2001 schedule to race with USAC full time and also race 3 Silver Bullet races:

"We have a lot to learn in USAC. After a full schedule in NAMARS last year, we felt it was the next step we could take on the ladder to move up in racing. It will be tough - the USAC National Midget Series is one of the most competitive around, and we'll need a lot of track time, but I feel that we are prepared to handle the workload. I have a great team, and we are all committed to this year's schedule. Aside from our Midget racing, I will also be running in three Silver Bullet races in the Snyder Enterprise champ car - they are one of my sponsors and take care of my motor program. I am really looking forward to running the champ car, and hope that by next year I'll be able to put together a full program in that series as well."

Regarding the races Aaron's completed so far this year - Ft. Wayne, Thunder In The Dome, Copper World, USAC/Anderson:

"The race in Ft. Wayne (indoor midgets - "Rumble In The Expo") was only my second year at the (Ft. Wayne) Coliseum, so I was still getting used to that tight little circuit, but it was a good experience overall. The "Thunder In The Dome" race just about a month ago was a little better, as I did fairly well and got the "Rookie Of The Race" award for the 100-lap Feature. I felt pretty good about that considering it was basically an all-star race. The "Copper World" was also a new experience for me. We didn't make the Feature, but it was my first real experience on that big, tricky one-mile oval. I felt pretty good about our weekend and know we'll do well there when we go back next year. Anderson was just a day filled with a lot of bad luck. That's a track I'm completely comfortable on and really like racing there, but we had someone squeeze us into the wall during our heat, which bent up a bunch of stuff. Then in the semi, an oil line came loose, which ended our day. It was really unfortunate as I knew I had as good of a chance of winning that race as anyone there - we tested earlier that week and were turning times below the pole speed last year, so I knew we were plenty fast. Just some dumb luck that eventually put us on the sidelines. As far as the Shadybowl race, we had a good race. I think we would have won, no problem. I didn't have the pedal to the floor down the straights at all. I was running my own line, and the car never broke loose - I never messed up the handling. It was hard for him (neventual race winner Dave Baumgartner) to get by me. I was running 12.90's easy and the car would go faster. I wanted to save the tires for the last 10 laps, and then I was going to take off. I wasn't pushing it at all early in the race. I was running a little lower on the track to try to guard the bottom, and if anyone got up outside of me, I had more. It's just a shame that I ran out of fuel at the end there, because it would have been a good show for the fans."

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The Sam Pierce Chevrolet Racing Team would like to thank their sponsors for the 2001 season: Sam Pierce Chevrolet, Snyder Enterprise, Long's Excavating and Cooper Tire and friend Gale Tschuor. Without their support, the team could not race.


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Series Midget
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Aaron Pierce