German driver to make debut at Indy IRP

(CONCORD, N.C.) - Alex Mueller is poised to become the first German driver to compete in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Mueller, 24, from Rees, Germany will drive the No. 23 RECARO Chevrolet Silverado at Indianapolis Raceway Park. "Though...

(CONCORD, N.C.) - Alex Mueller is poised to become the first German driver to compete in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Mueller, 24, from Rees, Germany will drive the No. 23 RECARO Chevrolet Silverado at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

"Though this will be my first NASCAR event, I've followed it on Eurosport TV since I was 14," said Mueller, who has tested with the Williams team in Formula One. "Jeff Gordon became my favorite driver to watch each week. As my career expanded in Formula One cars, I still wanted to give NASCAR a try. I'm glad I've been given this opportunity to run in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series."

Mueller will be sponsored by a host of his loyal sponsors, including RECARO, a world leading manufacturer of specialty automotive seats with its North American production facility in Auburn Hills, Mich. RECARO was the production seat on the 1998 General Motors Lumina police vehicles and continues its success in sales and distribution programs with Freightliner, Peterbilt and Kenworth for drivers of medium and heavy-duty trucks. RECARO currently holds 60 percent of the United States commercial bus market. Mueller's other sponsors are Bruderer, Turboservice.net and Energie Jeans.

Mueller (pronounced Mu-l-er) has been preparing for his debut, running at Hickory Motor Speedway and Caraway Speedway the last two months in their late model truck divisions. Mueller's racing background began at age eight when he raced go-karts in Germany. He earned two karting championships in 1994 and competed in the International Formula 3000 Series in 1998 and 2002.

"When I raced at Hickory, it was the first time I drove a race car with a roof over my head," said Mueller, who passed his IRL IndyCar Series driver's test at California Speedway in January. "You can see better in the truck because you sit higher but I had to get used to not seeing my tires and knowing where they were compared to the wall."

The Power Stroke Diesel 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event will be live on SPEEDTV beginning at 9:00 p.m. EST and carried across more than 640 MRN Radio affiliates at 8:45 p.m.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jeff Gordon
Teams Williams