EDWARDS TO PULL TRIPLE-DUTY IN INDY Concord, N.C. (August 3, 2005) - In 2005 Carl Edwards will spend 32 weekends pulling double duty in both the NASCAR Busch and NEXTEL Cup Series. This week, when the two series visit Indianapolis, IN, Edwards...
EDWARDS TO PULL TRIPLE-DUTY IN INDY
Concord, N.C. (August 3, 2005) - In 2005 Carl Edwards will spend 32 weekends pulling double duty in both the NASCAR Busch and NEXTEL Cup Series. This week, when the two series visit Indianapolis, IN, Edwards will add a third race to his schedule putting his total races in one weekend to three. Edwards will kick off his busy race week tonight in Pevely, MO when he takes part in Ken Schraeder's "Night of Stars".
"I'm looking forward to racing at Pevely," said Edwards. "I think there are several other Cup drivers going like Dave Blaney and Casey Mears so I'm sure we'll have a lot of fun putting on a great show for the fans and at the same time raising money for charity."
Edwards will then travel to Indianapolis where he kicks off his triple-duty weekend when he races in the USAC Silver Crown race at Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP) on Thursday night. Edwards will drive the No. 191 TMC Transportation car owned by R.E. Technologies, a team in which he is a part owner. This race will mark his sixth career start in a Silver Crown car at the .686-mile oval. His best finish in the series at IRP came in 2003 when he finished third and went on to win in the No. 99 Superchips F-150 the following night. The USAC Silver Crown Series was the launching pad for Edwards before he went to Roush Racing and it's a series that holds many fond memories and lots of potential according to the rising star.
"The Silver Crown Series has produced some of the greatest drivers and they have a really rich history." Edwards continued, "When I was little I thought, 'man, those are neatest cars' then I had the opportunity to race them and it was awesome. To be able to drive for a team like R.E. Technologies is really neat. They definitely have what it takes to win races. I think their talent and equipment coupled with a Ford powered engine will make for a great combination at IRP. I'm really proud to be a part of this team.
"I'm excited about the future of the Silver Crown Series. I think the new car design and the new venues they will be racing at will really spark a new found interest in the series. It's really an exciting time because I think they are on the verge of exploding in popularity and exposure and I'm just grateful to be a part of that."
Following the USAC Silver Crown race, Edwards will again race at IRP Saturday night piloting the No. 60 Charter Ford. The following day Edwards will make his NEXTEL Cup and career debut at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Edwards and the No. 99 team tested there a few weeks ago with success and Edwards likes his chances heading into Sunday's 400-mile event.
"We had a really good test there a few weeks ago," said Edwards. "It reminds me of Pocono a little bit. When we tested there Kurt (Busch) was there as well so I asked him a ton of questions and he helped me a lot. I think there are a lot of places to pick up speed which is neat. We ran the fastest lap time that day which was cool. I'm really optimistic about our chances there."
The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series visited the track for the first time in 1994 but the history of Indy goes back to 1909 when the track was built on 328 acres of farmland. That same year, 3,200,000 bricks were imported to build the initial speedway (hence the name "The Brickyard") but since that time pavement, an 18 hole golf course, and permanent grandstands have taken over increasing the space to 559 acres. One row of the original bricks still remain at the start/finish line and it has since become tradition to "kiss the bricks" after a NASCAR win. With so much history piled into the last 97 years, it's not surprising that Edwards would like to leave his mark in the history annals.
"It's obviously one of the most prestigious races you could participate in." Edwards also states, "To win it, I don't even know how big it would be. I think it would rank right there with a win at the Daytona 500. I know our guys would really enjoy it and it would mean a lot to everyone on the AAA team. For me, as a driver, it would just be the coolest thing in the world."
With one win under his belt at IRP in the Truck Series, Edwards is looking to add to his IRP win column in addition to starting his Brickyard win column this week. If history repeats itself, he could be well on his way to doing a triple flip this week.
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia Mich., based Roush Industries that operates 10 motor sports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards; three in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth and Edwards, and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Ricky Craven and Todd Kluever. For more information on Carl Edwards and the No. 99 team or any of the Roush Racing drivers and teams log onto www.roushracing.com.