STUART, Virginia -- Jon Wood and Wood Brothers Racing announced today that they will race in the NASCAR Winston West race in Phoenix on February 4, 2001. Wood will sport car No. 50, the same number his legendary grandfather, Glen Wood, donned...
STUART, Virginia -- Jon Wood and Wood Brothers Racing announced today that they will race in the NASCAR Winston West race in Phoenix on February 4, 2001. Wood will sport car No. 50, the same number his legendary grandfather, Glen Wood, donned when he made his first NASCAR sanctioned race more than a half century ago.
"This is a great opportunity for me to gain experience and another chance for me to say thanks to my grandfather for all of his hard work," stated Wood. "My grandfather bought his first car in 1950 for $50 and painted the no. 50 on the side. This is a dream come true for me to be able to run this same number 50 years later in a NASCAR touring division."
Although Wood has yet to finalize his plans for the 2001 season his intentions are clear. "My goal is to run some NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series or Busch Series races this season," stated Wood. "In order to make that happen I need some experience on larger tracks. Phoenix is a one-mile track and it will allow me to move on and race at other tracks over a mile. Racing is all about experience and racing at Phoenix is a prerequisite for racing at other NASCAR sanctioned tracks around the country. It's one more thing I can add to my resume."
Wood is currently seeking sponsorship for the race and feels the resources he has available for his West Coast debut will prove valuable to potential sponsors.
"I'm taking the same car I tested at Kentucky a few weeks ago," stated Wood. "I liked the way the car handled and we have an awesome Roush engine for the race. I'm not just going out there to race. I'm going out there to qualify well and run competitively. We have the equipment, personnel and resources to make that happen."
According to Wood's father, Eddie, "A NASCAR Winston West Series racecar is basically the same as a NASCAR Winston Cup Series racecar. The minimum weight is the same but there are some differences in the maximum compression ratio allowed in the engines. Jon proved he could handle a Winston Cup car when we tested at Kentucky. Phoenix is the next step in his progression as a racecar driver."
The stage is set for the third generation Wood from Stuart, Virginia to continue his education in racing. He's climbed through the stock car ranks and despite his family's fifty-year history, Wood will embark upon a series new to Wood Brothers Racing, Winston West.