Watkins Glen, NY (August 11)- Team Amick Motorsports will make its NASCAR Busch North Series debut this weekend, entering two cars in the August 12 event at Watkins Glen International Raceway. Best known for fielding the No. 35 POWERTEL / ...
Watkins Glen, NY (August 11)- Team Amick Motorsports will make its NASCAR Busch North Series debut this weekend, entering two cars in the August 12 event at Watkins Glen International Raceway.
Best known for fielding the No. 35 POWERTEL / Mitsubishi Wireless Chevrolets driven by Lyndon Amick in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division (NBS), Team Amick will call on road-racing veteran Joe Varde and Lyndon Amick's older brother, David, to drive in the August 12 road race at "The Glen."
Varde will start sixth in the No. 11 Team Amick Chevrolet Monte Carlo, while David will roll off from the 10th starting spot in the No. 35 Team Amick Chevrolet. Both cars will carry sponsorship from POWERTEL, Mitsubishi Wireless, and the Grant-A-Wish Foundation.
Road racing is nothing new for Joe Varde. With 54 road racing wins and five IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) Championships under his belt, there is perhaps no one more qualified than Varde to tackle the Watkins Glen course.
Varde has been a member of the Team Amick organization since last fall, when he was hired to head up the team's road-racing program. Varde, along with co-driver David Amick, drives the Team Amick "Grant-A-Wish" Dodge Viper in the Super Grand Sport Class of the Motorola Cup Road Racing Series.
In the debut season for the Team Amick road-racing program, Varde and David Amick are currently perched atop the Owner's Points Standings with four wins, and hold first and second, respectively, in the Driver's Points Standings with two races remaining on the Motorola Cup schedule.
Since Varde has spent his entire racing career on road courses, his position in the points standings might be expected. The same cannot be said of David Amick, who had never even competed in a road race before this season.
David Amick says that most of the credit for his road-racing success is owed to Varde, who, through his coaching and advice, has helped to shorten Amick's learning curve tremendously.
"I'm honored to compete with the guy," said David Amick of Varde. " Before this season, all I had done was some NASCAR Goody's Dash Series racing. I've learned a lot just by climbing in a car and following Joe (Varde) around these road courses during practice sessions. He's taught me more in six months than I would have learned on my own in about three years."
When asked about their foray into the world of stock car racing, Varde said, "It's a lot different from the Viper and other cars I've driven here, but it's not any less enjoyable. The stock cars actually handle really well on the road courses, and they're very forgiving. I don't think I'd want to give up the sports cars for NASCAR, but it's definitely a fun change of pace. I've had some success at Watkins Glen in the past, and I'd love to add a NASCAR win to my list of accomplishments."
Enjoying a weekend off from his driving duties in the NBS, Lyndon Amick will be on hand at Watkins Glen to offer advice and support to his brother David and Varde. The younger Amick believes that advice may not be needed.
"I really don't know what I can tell Joe (Varde) about Watkins Glen that he doesn't already know, and David's turning in to quite a driver himself " Amick said. "What can I tell Joe Varde, a man that's won over 50 road races? He's driven my car here in testing, so he's got some laps in the heavier stock cars and knows how they drive compared to the sports cars. I'm just here for moral support more than anything. I'll just try to stay out of the way and watch the road racers at work."
When asked why he isn't climbing behind the wheel to compete in this weekend's race, Lyndon Amick replied, "Aw, let those guys have some fun. They came up here and tested my NBS car for me back in June, and both of them got a lot of practice time in the stock car. I'm looking forward to being a spectator for this one, and see how they do."
There are no plans at this time for Team Amick Motorsports to compete in any other NASCAR Busch North Series events during the 2000 season.