Irwindale, Calif. (January 21, 2003) It has been said that experience is what counts in racing. If that is true then Burney Lamar and Clarence Broussard are ready to put their experience to work, teaming up for the 2003 NASCAR Featherlite...
Irwindale, Calif. (January 21, 2003) It has been said that experience is what counts in racing. If that is true then Burney Lamar and Clarence Broussard are ready to put their experience to work, teaming up for the 2003 NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series season.
Lamar riding high after his runner-up finish in 2002, leaves the comfort of his family owned team to drive for Broussard in the familiar #16 CBA Motorsports Chevrolet. For Lamar, driving for Broussard is the next step in his climb up the NASCAR ladder. "I am really excited to drive for Clarence," Lamar said. "Clarence has put together a first class operation with great people. His cars are solid, and working with Vince Barnes is going to be a lot of fun."
Lamar enjoyed a successful sophomore season on the series after wining Rookie-of-the-Year honors in 2001. He won two races and led 40% of all laps contested last season in route to his runner-up finish in the championship. Many times when a driver moves to a new team there are growing pains. Lamar does not think that will be the case. "Clarence has worked real hard to develop a first class race team," Lamar stated. "He (Broussard) has had a lot of bad luck on the track, and I know together we can turn that around. I am really comfortable with the cars and the team, and I don't see any reason why we can't start up front at Phoenix and get Clarence his first win."
For his part, Broussard sees this season as the fulfillment of a dream. "I told my team when we started three years ago that we will contend for a championship," Broussard said. "With Burney coming on board all the pieces are in place to make that dream a reality."
The road to being a contender has not been easy for Broussard. "There was a lot I had to learn, and much of it was the hard way," Broussard stated. "This brand of racing is tough, and I always knew there had to be a way to be competitive, I just did not know how." After struggling through two seasons with several different drivers behind the wheel of his cars, Broussard knows he has hit upon a winning combination. "I have always been impressed with Burney," Broussard said. "He came to the series when we did, I watched him on and off the track. I always liked how he handled himself. He has the personality, the education, and the skill."
"This season is going to be fun," Lamar said. "For the past four years I have been going to school full-time and racing. For the first time in my life I can concentrate solely on racing. We are thinking no less then a championship."
Make no mistake, fun may be in his heart, but determination and winning is on his mind. Like most young drivers, Lamar sees himself driving Winston Cup, but he knows you have to prove yourself by winning races and championships. "I won races and championships in Go-Karts, Sprint Cars, and Stockcars," Lamar said. "Winning the Featherlite Southwest Series championship will be the most important in my career."
Lamar recently graduated from Cal-State Sacramento with a Bachelors Degree in Business and Marketing and hopes to broaden his experience and put his education to work by working full-time for Broussard. Lamar has always been successful; the challenge will be to see how his experience will propel him up the ladder. With a diploma on his wall he is now preparing a place for a NASCAR Touring championship trophy.