NEW CASTLE, IN ~ JULY 30, 2003 ~ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ~ USAC standout Tracy Hines has been tapped by Dodge to pilot a third Ultra Motorsports Dodge entry in the August 1, 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event. The opportunity for the Indiana...
NEW CASTLE, IN ~ JULY 30, 2003 ~ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ~ USAC standout Tracy Hines has been tapped by Dodge to pilot a third Ultra Motorsports Dodge entry in the August 1, 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event. The opportunity for the Indiana native to showcase his driving talent is through an innovative program entitled "Dodge Driver Development."
Hines was chosen for the Indianapolis Raceway Park event as a result of his outstanding performance in the MOPAR- backed USAC Silver Crown and Midget cars he drives in national USAC competition. He holds two coveted USAC national championships, winning the Silver Crown Series in 2000 and the Sprint Car Division in 2002. Hines is currently second in the point standings in both the Sprint Car and Midget Car divisions and sits third in the Silver Crown Series driver standings.
"I am honored to have been chosen to participate in the Dodge Driver Development Program," said Hines. "To drive a truck for a team with the superior caliber as Ultra Motorsports is the opportunity of a lifetime. I know the level of competition in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is the best in the business. The IRP race will be a tremendous learning experience, and I am looking forward to the challenge."
"We are chasing the wins and the championships in USAC hard this year," Hines concluded. "Every season the bar continues to be raised by the participation of great sponsors like MOPAR. I am fortunate to be associated with three superior teams and want to thank my team owners, Indiana Underground, Hoffman Dynamic Inc. and Wilke-Pak and all the crew members for the awesome cars they give me to drive every race."
Hines began his racing career at five years of age in Quarter Midgets, refining his lightning-quick reflexes and admirable car control. He graduated to the full-size USAC Midget Cars, Sprint Cars and Silver Crown Cars when he was 19 years old.
He has earned the prestigious USAC Super License in 2000 by scoring more feature wins in national competition than any other driver on the circuit. Hines has won virtually all of the top races in all three divisions throughout his career including the Tony Hulman Classic, the Hut Hundred and the Joe James/Pat O'Connor Classic and was named the 2001 "Midget Driver of the Year."
The Power Stroke Diesel 200 for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is part of the Indianapolis Raceway Park Kroger Speedfest featuring three nights of racing as a prelude to the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
On Thursday, July 31, Hines will pilot his MOPAR- powered USAC Silver Crown car in the J.D. Byrider 100 to open the Speedfest.
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