WELCOME, N.C. (June 18, 2002) -- Father's Day will happen for a second time in 2002 for Jim Sauter at the Milwaukee Mile. The legendary Wisconsin short track racer, father to Richard Childress Racing's (RCR) NASCAR Busch Series drivers Jay and...
WELCOME, N.C. (June 18, 2002) -- Father's Day will happen for a second time in 2002 for Jim Sauter at the Milwaukee Mile.
The legendary Wisconsin short track racer, father to Richard Childress Racing's (RCR) NASCAR Busch Series drivers Jay and Johnny Sauter as well as Busch Series regular Tim Sauter, will drive the No. 29 Rockwell Automation/Advance Chevrolet Monte Carlo for RCR at the June 30 GNC Live Well 250 at the Milwaukee Mile. It's the first time a father and three of his sons will compete against each other in a major NASCAR event.
"I'm just happy to be racing with Rockwell Automation and Advance for Richard Childress Racing, especially against my sons," said Sauter. "I've raced against Jay and Tim before so Johnny is going to be the new guy on the block. I don't know who my stiffest competition among the boys will be but I'm going to be pretty good competition for them. We tested up at Milwaukee Monday and Tuesday and Jay was quicker but I don't know if that was because of the set of tires or just me being a little lazy on the wheel. But I stay very consistent and what I always look for is consistency.
"We all get along good and we're all here to help each other. The teams are working great together. We have a little bit different setups but they're pretty close so we can share information, which is a plus."
While Sauter has competed in numerous NASCAR Winston Cup events in his storied career, the GNC Live Well 250 will be only his fourth NASCAR Busch Series start. He finished 26th at Dover (Del.) Downs International Speedway in his first Busch Series race (Sept. 16, 1989), 16th at Michigan International Speedway (Aug. 17, 1996) and 16th at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway (July 12, 1997).
This will also be Sauter's second stint behind the wheel of an RCR race vehicle. He drove one race in 1999 in RCR's No. 8 GM Goodwrench Service Chevrolet Silverado in a NASCAR Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway (July 24). His teammate was son Jay, who was the fulltime RCR/GM Goodwrench Service driver in the Truck Series. Jim qualified fifth and finished ninth while Jay qualified sixth and finished second.
"Rockwell Automation is proud to be part of this historic occasion," said Don H. Davis, Jr., Chairman of the Board and CEO of Rockwell Automation. "As a Wisconsin based company, it is exciting to give a Wisconsin racing legend the opportunity to compete against three of his sons at a level as competitive as the NASCAR Busch Series. We will have over 300 customers and employees at the Milwaukee Mile with thousands of others watching on TV. We will definitely be pulling for the No. 21 Rockwell Automation car and the No. 29 Rockwell Automation/Advance cars to finish 1- 2."
Nilfisk-Advance, one of the world's leading suppliers of equipment and services to the cleaning industry, is an overall sponsor of RCR. Advance will be a co-primary sponsor with Rockwell Automation for this one-time event.
"Advance is very pleased to be partnered with Richard Childress Racing and Rockwell Automation in sponsoring this race team," said Joel Sugarman, Advance's Motorsports Manager. "The No. 29 Rockwell Automation-Advance race car is an exciting project for us, and a lot faster on the track than our industry leading rider floor scrubbers. We are also excited about working with Jim Sauter and watching him race against his three sons. The No. 29 RCR Busch program further illustrates Advance's commitment to 'Fast Cars and Clean Floors.'"