Indy IRP: Chris Fontaine preview

Chris Fontaine Back Behind the Wheel at IRP Chris Fontaine will make his fourth NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway on July 2nd. The 23 year-old Lakeland, Florida native will pilot the No. 4...

Chris Fontaine Back Behind the Wheel at IRP

Chris Fontaine will make his fourth NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway on July 2nd. The 23 year-old Lakeland, Florida native will pilot the No. 4 Bobby Hamilton Racing Dodge driven previously this year by Casey Atwood and Timothy Peters. Peters will return to the driver's seat for the Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Speedway on August 13th. Fontaine brings a variety of Late Model stock car experience to the BHR stables. Fontaine has competed in the NASCAR All-Pro Series, the Hooter's Pro Cup Series and the All American Challenge Series. Fontaine's breakthrough Late Model win came against a star-studded field in DeSoto Super Speedway's traditional season opening Icebreaker at the start of the 2004 season. Fontaine bested short track veteran's Wayne Anderson and Billy Bigley Jr. to capture that win.

Racing at Indy: "We are looking forward to being there. There is a lot of racing history in that city, and I am looking forward to going. This will be our first short track race since we ran our first NCTS race at Mansfield. I feel like this type of racetrack gives us a good chance for success, because that is what I am used to running on. I've got some good experience on the shorter tracks, and I look forward to running bumper to bumper with some of the best in the business."

Goals for IRP: "I have never been there before, so I don't really know what to expect. We want to stay on the lead lap and finish in the top 10. I want to get more experience and use it as a good lesson. Short track races are a lot of fun for a driver, you are racing side by side and everybody is close together. It puts it more in the driver's hands than in aerodynamics."

Is the heat a concern for you and what will you do to prepare for it: "Stay hydrated all day drinking water. I will be drinking water all week. I think they are going to try to put some more hoses in the No. 4 Dodge Bobby Hamilton Racing Dodge. I am going to try to stay in the shade all day, and not get too exhausted. But, basically, just stay hydrated and be ready to go 200 laps."

Notes:

* Fontaine will make his fourth NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at Kansas. His first start was earlier this year at Mansfield, his second start came at Milwaukee and his third was at Kansas Speedway.

* Fontaine will pilot the BHR chassis "Rocket" this weekend at IRP.

* Fontaine became interested in auto racing after spending three years playing ice hockey in a junior league in his hometown of Lakeland, FL.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Casey Atwood , Billy Bigley , Wayne Anderson , Chris Fontaine