AARON FIKE 43 RFMS/Curb Agajanian Performance Group (CAPG) Dodge FAST FACTS * Aaron Fike and his fellow NASCAR Busch Series competitors take to their first road course event of the season at this weekend's Telcel-Motorola 200 on the ...
AARON FIKE 43 RFMS/Curb Agajanian Performance Group (CAPG) Dodge
* Aaron Fike and his fellow NASCAR Busch Series competitors take to their first road course event of the season at this weekend's Telcel-Motorola 200 on the 2.518-mile former Formula 1 circuit in downtown Mexico City.
* After kicking off the season with a front-row qualifying effort at Daytona two weekends ago, the 23-year-old out of Galesburg, Ill., was plagued by a loose condition last weekend at California Speedway and managed only a 36th-place finish in the #43 California Pizza Kitchen Dodge of the CAPG team.
* This weekend marks Fike's 40th career NASCAR Busch Series start and his first on a road course. He prepared for the event by working for several days at the Bondurant School and at Virginia International Raceway under veteran driving instructor Chris Cook, who also will be racing this weekend in the #56 Mac Hill Motorsports entry.
* Sponsoring the #43 CAPG Dodge team for this weekend's third of 35 NBS races of 2006 is RFMS, Inc., the Galesburg, Ill.-based retirement lifestyles operation with retirement villages and assisted living facilities in northern Illinois and Iowa.
* Sunday's race (the only Sunday event of the season) will be 80 laps, covering 201.44 miles.
* Fike's career-best NBS finish is eighth last July at Pikes Peak. His previous best NBS qualifying effort prior to Daytona was fourth at Nashville last June.
AARON FIKE QUOTES ON MEXICO CITY -- "We're on a mission to bring home a solid finish this weekend and beef up our points situation. We had a pretty disappointing weekend at Fontana, but a good, solid run in Mexico will go a long way toward turning things back around. Basically, we have three races to work our way into the top 30 in the points so we can be in good shape for, hopefully, the rest of the season. It'll be trial under fire for me, personally, because I've never raced anything with fenders on it on a road course. But we're surrounded by really good people, and I'm confident we'll be able to get the job done. There were a lot of wrecks in this race last year, so it seems we'll just have to stay out of trouble."