A WEEKEND OF FIRSTS FOR O'QUINN JR. CONCORD, N.C. (March 3, 2006)- Danny O'Quinn Jr.'s favorite food may come from Mexico, but that doesn't mean that he's been there before. The Coeburn, Va. native travels out of the country for the first time...
A WEEKEND OF FIRSTS FOR O'QUINN JR.
CONCORD, N.C. (March 3, 2006)- Danny O'Quinn Jr.'s favorite food may come from Mexico, but that doesn't mean that he's been there before. The Coeburn, Va. native travels out of the country for the first time this weekend to race in the NASCAR Busch Series primetime Sunday event, the TelCel Motorola Mexico 200 presented by Banamex.
But that's not his only first for the weekend. He will also race on a road course for the first time in his career.
Despite his inexperience, he is positive about the weekend ahead.
"This will be my first time racing on a road course and I'm looking forward to it," O'Quinn Jr. said. "Road course races are challenging and take a lot of patience but I think the World Financial Group Ford Fusion will run well in Mexico."
O'Quinn Jr.'s only experience on a road course came earlier this year, when he tested at the Virginia International Raceway. The first time he tested there was in late January, with teammate Todd Kluever and road-racing great Boris Said. He tested there again with his No. 50 World Financial Group team after the Hershey's Kissables 300 in Daytona.
O'Quinn Jr. says he has a hot rod from the Roush stable for the weekend and is looking forward to the new challenge that road courses bring.
"We are bringing a brand new car with us to Mexico and I am looking forward to turning it both left and right this weekend," O'Quinn Jr. said.
If O'Quinn Jr. were to win in Mexico City on Sunday, he would become the first Roush driver to win a road course race in the NASCAR Busch series.
Greg Biffle won at Watkins Glen in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2000 and Mark Martin has multiple wins on road courses in the Cup Series, with three at The Glen and one at Infineon Raceway. But no wins have ever come for any Roush driver on a road course in the NASCAR Busch series.
O'Quinn Jr. would love to wrap up his weekend of firsts with some even better firsts: His first career win, and the first win on a road course for Jack Roush in the NASCAR Busch Series.