Robert Richardson, Jr. Makes Nationwide Series Debut at Michigan International Speedway Mooresville, NC (08-13-08) NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Robert Richardson, Jr., will climb back behind the wheel of the No. 23 R3 Motorsports Chevrolet ...
Robert Richardson, Jr. Makes Nationwide Series Debut at Michigan International Speedway
Mooresville, NC (08-13-08) NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Robert Richardson, Jr., will climb back behind the wheel of the No. 23 R3 Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo this weekend to compete in the Carfax 250 on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. Richardson returns to the drivers' seat for the first time since the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland this past July, where he and the team received their first DNQ of the 2008 season. The R3 Motorsports team pulled up their bootstraps and deemed Chicago a positive open door opportunity to revamp and reevaluate their race strategies on and off the track. For Richardson, it was a break between races to really evaluate where he wanted to be and what it would take to get there.
"Since Chicago Jeff Fuller and I have been working together to better me as a driver and enhance my abilities in the car," said Richardson. "Jeff has really come up alongside me to coach me on and off the track to help me develop my driving skills. I compared my self to Jeff and really saw what he was doing and in turn that helped me to visualize where my mistakes have been. I believe I finally have a grasp on what I have been doing wrong in the car all these years and so now I am taking steps to correct that with the help of Jeff and the team. I am going into Michigan with nothing but positives and expecting to have a decent run." This will be Richardson's first time taking laps at Michigan in a Nationwide Series car; one item on the list of many firsts' for Richardson this 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series season.
"I feel confident that we will be able to make the race on speed; qualify in on time and be competitive during the race," said Richardson. "We are bringing back the same car we had at Charlotte and we should be pretty decent at Michigan. We made a few adjustments on the track bar and springs, but that's it." If Richardson's performance at Charlotte is a preview of what he will do at Michigan, then the anticipated results out of the McKinney, Texas native should be nothing less than great. Richardson performed with speed and professionalism at Charlotte, scoring his best lap time less than a tenth of a second off the pace of the race leader.
This weekends' race event is not only memorable to Richardson and the R3 Motorsports Team, but to Michigan International Speedway as well. The 40th Anniversary of the two mile D-shaped oval is this weekend. So when the track opens its doors on Saturday to welcome the devoted fans of NASCAR, it will also be to cultivate a celebration of NASCAR (now) Nationwide Series racing at Michigan International Speedway since 1992, totaling 16 years in the running.
This weekends' NASCAR Nationwide Series Carfax 250 also has its' own role of significance in the midst of Michigan International Speedway festivities. The race this weekend will be completely carbon-neutral by means of a donation to the Conservation Fund to counteract the many resources that are used during the 250 mile race event. The donation will pay for 4,300 trees/14 acres to be planted in a National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana.