SHERMAN JOINED BY MEMBERS OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE AT PIKES PEAK July 20, 2005 FOUNTAIN, Colo. - In 1992, racing was not even on Brent Sherman's radar. At age 18, he joined the Air Force right out of high school. Thirteen years later, driving the...
SHERMAN JOINED BY MEMBERS OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE AT PIKES PEAK July 20, 2005
FOUNTAIN, Colo. - In 1992, racing was not even on Brent Sherman's radar. At age 18, he joined the Air Force right out of high school. Thirteen years later, driving the ppc Racing No. 10 Serta Mattress/Hickory Farms Ford in the NASCAR Busch Series, Sherman is ready to compete in Saturday's Salute to the Troops 250 at Pikes Peak International Raceway.
"I've never been to Pikes Peak before, but I'm confident that my team and I will be able to get the job done this weekend and have a good run," Sherman said.
On Saturday, Sherman will have not only the support of his team, but will also have four members of the U.S. Air Force serving as "Honorary Pit Crew Members." Master Sergeant Michael J. Steiner, Staff Sergeant Delilah A. Duran, Master Sergeant Brian K. Seal and Master Sergeant Vicki Seal were chosen to represent the Air Force Academy this weekend.
"The military really helped me find direction in my life and grow up," Sherman said. "I'm honored to have these service men and women joining us this weekend."
Sherman's route to the NASCAR Busch Series was not like that of most drivers. After high school he completed a six-year enlistment in the Air Force working as an air surveillance technician aboard an E- 3 Sentry AWACS, while assigned to the 963rd AWACS Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. During that time he logged more than 3,000 hours of flying combat, surveillance and instruction missions over Saudi Arabia, Turkey and several other countries.
It was during his last year in the Air Force that racing caught Sherman's attention. His dad gave Sherman a trip to the Jim Russell Racing School in Sonoma, Calif. After attending the course, he was asked to come back to compete for a racing scholarship in the Russell Champ Series. He won the scholarship and his racing career took off.
After racing in several different divisions, including the Skip Barber Dodge Pro Series, Grand American Road Racing Association and the ARCA RE/MAX Series, Sherman moved to the NASCAR Busch Series to compete full-time in 2005.
Heading into this weekend's race, Sherman has competed in 13 races and collected one top-10 finish this year.