Notes: * Starting in his 75th Winston Cup points event, Steve Park in the Dale Earnhardt, Inc.-owned ...
* Starting in his 75th Winston Cup points event, Steve Park in the Dale Earnhardt, Inc.-owned #1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo travels to Sonoma, Calif., to compete in the Save Mart/Kragen 350 this weekend at Sears Point Raceway; shown live on ESPN beginning at 4 p.m. EDT.
* During the 1999 event at Sears Point, Park’s first stab at the twisting and turning 1.95-mile road course ended on upside down as the #1 Pennzoil flipped and did a complete turn in the air before landing. Although Park was uninjured, the Monte Carlo sustained considerable damage and was posted in the 42nd position.
* During the rain-delayed race at Pocono, Park ran the #1 Chevrolet hard all day, staying in the top 20 throughout most of the 200-lap event. Late in the race, Park lost the brakes and resorted to downshifting into the first turn after racing down the longest straightaway on the circuit. During the last caution, the Pennzoil pit crew added more brake fluid to enable Park to get into the corners more smoothly. Park then went from 21st with 13 laps remaining to finish 15th and move up two positions in the points standings.
* After the 16th of 34th races in the Winston Cup series, Park along with several other racing peers are hopping on their Harley Davidson’s and driving down to the World’s Most Famous Beach – Daytona.
“That upside down pirouette we did last year is not something I care to repeat,” said Park, who is currently 17th in the Winston Cup points standings. “When I first got into Winston Cup racing I didn’t have any experience on the road courses so I went to several driving schools including Skip Barber to learn as much as I could. I figured if I was going to do it, I was going to do it right so I took those lessons.”
“Our test session early this year at Sears Point went real well and we were able to get better acquainted with the road course,” said crew chief Paul Andrews. “Steve got more practice with the road course and the changes they made from last year with different corners.”