Reed Sorenson, No. 41 Discount Tire Dodge Discount Tire Team Fast Facts: * The last time was his first time: Reed Sorenson's last visit to Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in 2005 was his first time ever competing in a road-course...
Reed Sorenson, No. 41 Discount Tire Dodge
Discount Tire Team Fast Facts:
* The last time was his first time: Reed Sorenson's last visit to Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in 2005 was his first time ever competing in a road-course event. In preparation for the NASCAR Busch race in Mexico City, Sorenson spent three days at the Bondurant Driving School to take a road-racing course and then tested at Virginia International Raceway. The practice paid off for the young, rookie driver as he and the No. 41 Discount Tire team left Mexico with a clean top-15 finish (started 19th, finished 14th). Since then, Sorenson has been able to get more road course experience, testing and racing at Watkins Glen International in August last year, as well.
* In the ranks: Sorenson and the No. 41 America's Tire team finished 11th in last weekend's Busch Series Stater Brothers 300 at California Speedway. The effort moved Sorenson and team into eighth place overall in the Busch standings and are now only 34 points out of first place.
* NEXTEL Note: Last week at California Speedway, Sorenson and the No. 41 Target Dodge team finished 21st in Auto Club 500. Sorenson is currently tied for fifth in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings and is 11 points behind leader Clint Boyer. He also stands 24th in the overall NASCAR NEXTEL Cup championship standings. Sorenson's NEXTEL Cup teammates, Casey Mears and David Stremme finished seventh and 33rd respectively at California. Mears still holds second place in the NEXTEL Cup championship standings, just 37 points behind first-place, Jimmie Johnson, and Stremme stands 33rd. Along with Sorenson, Stremme is also tied for fifth in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings, 11 points behind Boyer.
* Chassis: Chassis No. 553 will carry the No. 41 Discount Tire colors in Mexico City this weekend during the running of the Telcel MOTOROLA Mexico 200 on Sunday. The car was run at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez last March when Sorenson and the No. 41 team walked away with a clean, top-15 finish (started 19th). The car also was run in August 2005 at Watkins Glen International, where just halfway through the Busch race the car's engine expired and dealt the team a 41st-place finish (started 26th).
Reed Sorenson talked briefly about making his second trip back to Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez this upcoming weekend:
"It was a mind-opening experience racing in Mexico last year. In some ways, it was just like running around here and in other ways it was a whole different world. I don't mean that in a bad way, but to travel to another country and just be thrown into another culture, it is really interesting and it totally broadens your mind. NASCAR did a really good job taking care of every one of us, and everyone at the track and where we stayed were very hospitable. Hopefully, we gained some more NASCAR fans, and hopefully we can add some more this weekend.
"On the competition side of things, I was kind of surprised with how well everything went for us the last time we raced in Mexico. It was my first time every competing on a road course, but we still managed to meet our goal of finishing inside the top 15 and even came away with a clean race car. I did spin out there toward the end, but managed to keep the car out of the grass and drove away without a scratch.
"Our goal this weekend is to get a top 10, we are kind of upping the stakes from last year I guess you could say, but just like everyone else we want to go and run competitively, hit our marks and just keep moving closer to that number one spot in the standings."