STEVE PARK -- NASCAR Winston cup driver Park, who is on leave from the ...
STEVE PARK -- NASCAR Winston cup driver Park, who is on leave from the #1 Pennzoil Monte Carlo, is on hand this weekend as a television commentator for the Lysol 200 Busch Grand National Series race.
"I want to talk about getting back in a race car again. It's about time, now. I got cleared about a week from Tuesday, and the doctors thought that I was strong enough, and that I was back in shape enough, and that the leg was strong enough to get back in a race car again. Now it's just a matter of doing some tests and getting back in, so I'm looking forward to it. The largest concern about going back racing: Just really getting back in the groove and being competitive again. I think you lose a little bit of that, sitting out for three months or so. Testing the other day, I thought I was going to be a little rusty, but after about two laps I was wide open and feeling pretty good about myself. It's like riding a bike -- I don't think you ever forget how to race. I just want to get back in the car, and get back adjusted to working with the team, and getting back out there and racing again.
"We haven't taken any precautions other than changing the style of seat that I'm using, and building different leg braces because we felt that the ones in the other car didn't really hold up to the impact that we took. You never really expect to take a hit like that, so it's hard to prepare for it, but we're going to do our best to do what we can to make the car a little bit safer inside."
Regarding his role as a TV commentator: "I like it. It's not something I'd like to do for a living, I don't think, but it's fun. I enjoy being at the race track, and I know a lot of the guys in the Busch series because that's where I came from, and I love road racing, so it's given me a great opportunity to come up here to the Glen, see some old friends, and talk about some racing on TV."