Las Vegas, Nev. (March 8, 2006) -- Mark McFarland and the No. 88 Navy team are expecting a great run in this weekend's Sam's Town 300 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS). After all they are coming off of their best finish as a team when they...
Las Vegas, Nev. (March 8, 2006) -- Mark McFarland and the No. 88 Navy team are expecting a great run in this weekend's Sam's Town 300 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS). After all they are coming off of their best finish as a team when they placed 14th at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. They also participated in the open test at the 1.5-mile desert oval in preparation for this weekend's race. The Navy Monte Carlo was very competitive in the test session and McFarland has a lot of confidence in the car that the crew is bringing to this weekend's event.
In addition the team will have a special guest attending the race. ADM John Nathman, Commander, US Navy Atlantic fleet, will be with the team Saturday to show his support of the Navy's Motorsports program.
Mark on the chassis that the team will bring to Las Vegas:
"We are taking my favorite chassis, JRM #014. It is the same chassis that we brought to the test and we really like how racy it seemed to be. It is really responsive to changes and we thought it stacked up very well to the rest of the cars that were there."
Mark on how conducive LVMS is to great racing:
"Well obviously it is fairly flat, but we saw in the test that you are able to make some moves if you have a balanced car. This will be my first race, but it seems to have lost some grip over the years and tires wear out toward the end of a run, which provides for some strategy."
Mark on following up his best career finish: "To have that kind run on a road course is a definite shot-in-the-arm for this team. We didn't think we would be sitting here with our best finish coming on a road course, with my experience. That just shows that our best is yet to come."
Derek Jones, team engineer, on Las Vegas:
"The test went great. Mark, as he has done all season, picked up on the track very well. We have to qualify on time once again and rain has not been a problem all season, but it looks like there is a high chance of rain for, of all places, Las Vegas."
The Navy has used its association with NASCAR over the past two years to increase America's awareness of the opportunities to serve our great country.
The Navy is very excited about further increasing its awareness through NASCAR in 2006 by an association with JR Motorsports as they exemplify the Navy's commitment to grow and develop quality young sailors through service in the Navy.