Jim Warn Has Iowa on his Mind AURORA, OR. (May 14, 2009) Jim Warn from Aurora, Oregon and driver of the GPI Performance.com Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Series-West is ready to return to Iowa Speedway this weekend and looking to ...
Jim Warn Has Iowa on his Mind
AURORA, OR. (May 14, 2009) Jim Warn from Aurora, Oregon and driver of the GPI Performance.com Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Series-West is ready to return to Iowa Speedway this weekend and looking to rebound at the marquee racing facility located outside Des Moines in the town of Newton, Iowa. Warn knows a top finish at Iowa Speedway will turn his sophomore season around.
"Iowa is simply a great place to race and first-class facility," Warn said. "We have had some tough luck this season but we have had a great car for each race. We have a really good car for Iowa and a brand new engine under the hood, so we feel real good about our chances."
Warn qualified 14th at Iowa last season in his first trip to the 7/8-mile speed plant and will need every bit of that performance and then some as more than 50 competitors from NASCAR Camping World Series East and West will be on hand for the third annual challenge event. "Qualifying will be tough," Warn said. "It is the race within a race. We feel we have a top ten car and a good qualifying effort will go a long way."
As good as Warn has been this season, the proverbial ten dollar part (radiator cap) sidelined him in his last outing at Madera costing him a top ten finish. "With the time off after Madera we have checked, double-checked and replaced parts on the car. Racing is often about luck and we hope luck is on our side at Iowa."
The event at Iowa brings together the top regional drivers in NASCAR along with a few stars of NASCAR's upper echelon. Joey Logano (07), Kevin Harvick (07), Kasey Kahne (08) have participated in the event with Kyle Busch joining the fray this weekend. Drivers of the NASCAR Camping World Series East and NASCAR Camping World Series West go head to head in their only points-paying combination race of the season where they will earn points and finishing positions in their respective series as well as an overall finish for the event.
"It's a cool format," Warn stated. "Bringing the best of the best together head-to-head is great for the fans and great for us as drivers. Iowa is a great place to race and I can't wait to get on-track this weekend."
Warn drives for MJ2 Racing and is sponsored by GPI Performance.Com and Leupold Optic. The car is powered by a Chevrolet NASCAR Spec Engine built by Brad "Freight Train" Peters and sits atop a Hopkins chassis. Warn is in his second year of competition in the NCWS with four top ten finishes in 16 career NCWS starts.
The Long John Silver's "200" presented by A&W Restaurants at Iowa Speedway is round five of the 13-race NASCAR Camping World Series-West schedule for 2009. The race will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on SPEED Channel. Check local listings for date and time in your area. 2009 is the 56th year of competition for the NASCAR Camping World Series-West.