Daytona II: Long/Fleur-De-Lis Motorsports preview

Long, Fleur-De-Lis Motorsports Ready for Daytona New Nationwide Team experiences "Miracle Month" preparing for debut Mooresville, NC (June 28, 2010) ... It's been nothing short of a miracle, but Carl Long and the Fleur-De-Lis Motorsports team...

Long, Fleur-De-Lis Motorsports Ready for Daytona
New Nationwide Team experiences "Miracle Month" preparing for debut

Mooresville, NC (June 28, 2010) ... It's been nothing short of a miracle, but Carl Long and the Fleur-De-Lis Motorsports team are ready for their NASCAR Nationwide Series debut in the Subway Jalapeno 250 powered by Coca-Cola at the Daytona International Speedway on July 2nd.

Fleur-De-Lis Motorsports was formed by Craig Partee to compete in the four NASCAR Nationwide Series COT races in 2010. Partee, owner of Fleur-De-Lis Construction in Seneca Falls, New York, has an extensive background in motorsports as a driver in SCCA and a crewmember in the NASCAR K&N East, Nationwide, and Sprint Cup Series. After months of planning, Partee purchased a former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series COT chassis from DEI, Inc. on Tuesday, June 1st. That same day, Partee arranged a motor deal with Automotive Specialist Racing Engines.

With basically three men -- Partee, Crew Chief Morris Van Vleet, and driver Carl Long -- the team cut the body off the car, fixed the roof, and had the front horns and rear wheel hubs changed to meet NASCAR requirements for the Nationwide Series COT. The car was taken to the NASCAR Research & Development (R & D) Center for certification on Monday, June 14th. Later that afternoon, the car was approved and taken to the body shop for further preparation. Van Vleet, Partee, and Long picked up the car from the body shop and took it to the paint shop on Saturday, June 19th. They got their Chevrolet from the paint shop Tuesday night, June 22nd, and began building the car in Van Vleet's Mooresville, North Carolina shop on Wednesday, June 23rd. Seven days later on Tuesday, June 29th, Fleur-De-Lis Motorsports will unveil their #68 Chevrolet at Daytona International Speedway. For those of you counting, that's 29 days from purchasing the chassis to rolling the newly-finished Nationwide Series COT entry out of the hauler at Daytona. That's quite an accomplishment for three men with a dream.

"It's been a very hectic and fast-paced month," Partee stated. "I'm approaching this team just like I've done with my business -- with long hours and hard work. My company believes in "turning dreams into reality" for home and business owners. I've turned my dreams into reality with this race team, and I believe that I can do the same for our team members, sponsors, and supporters."

"I'm excited about the opportunity to drive for Craig (Partee) and Fleur-De-Lis Motorsports," Long added. "I've known Craig for several years and have worked with Morris (Crew Chief Van Vleet) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this year in selected races. I know how hard these guys have worked to make this dream come true. It's really been a 'labor of love' for all of us."

-source: Fleur-de-lis Motorsports

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Carl Long