Jim Warn Motivated About Madera AURORA, OR. (April 23, 2009) Jim Warn of Aurora, Oregon and driver of the GPI Performance.com Chevrolet rolls into Madera (CA) Speedway Saturday night looking to continue his climb in his second year in the ...
Jim Warn Motivated About Madera
AURORA, OR. (April 23, 2009) Jim Warn of Aurora, Oregon and driver of the GPI Performance.com Chevrolet rolls into Madera (CA) Speedway Saturday night looking to continue his climb in his second year in the NASCAR Camping World Series. Madera is the only track on the schedule this season that he has never visited but likes his chances in the NAPA/Toyota "150" at the fast and tricky one-third mile paved oval.
"Madera is a new track for me and the team," Warn said. "I am really looking to racing there. My crew chief Roger Bracken has a lot of experience at Madera and has given me a lot of insight on how to run the track."
While Madera may be a new track for Warn, he has proven over the past year that he is always ready for the challenge. "I kind of like going to new tracks," Warn said. "Even though there is a lot to learn, we have a great team and I have a lot of confidence in the car. We have a new car for this weekend and I am excited to get it on track. I know Madera has two grooves and you can race side-by-side so it will be exciting not only for the fans but for me as well. I love racing the guys in this series and going door-to-door. Every lap is a learning experience."
Warn is coming off a strong finish at Phoenix last week but knows his best days are ahead. "Phoenix was great though we did not get the finish we wanted," Warn stated. "The big change for this week is to focus on racing a short track. Phoenix has wide spacious corners but and time to set a guy up for the pass. Tracks like Madera force you to be up on the wheel every second. I know we have a great car and can't wait to get on track this weekend."
Speed will be at a premium at Madera this weekend. In six previous NCWS races staged at the facility, there have been six different winners. And four of the six races have been won from the Coors Light Pole. "If ever there was a place to win our first pole award, Madera would be it," Warn said. "I feel like we have the car to lay down a competitive lap and if we can start in the top five then we can put ourselves in position to battle for the win."
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 15 career NCWS starts.
The NAPA/Toyota "150" at Madera Speedway is round four 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.