May 15, 2001 (North Hollywood, Calif.) - Sean Woodside, driver of the 45 ...
May 15, 2001 (North Hollywood, Calif.) - Sean Woodside, driver of the 45 #Team Walker/Ron's Rear Ends/NAPA Chevrolet in the NASCAR Winston West Series, enjoys the opportunity to run a road course now and then.
More often than not, those runs are made in a go-cart at a Southern California road course that Woodside uses to keep in shape.
Woodside has also accumulated a great deal of experience over his NASCAR driving career in numerous events at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. and Heartland Park in Topeka, Kansas in both Winston West and Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring cars.
This Sunday, however, marks Woodside's first visit to Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. where he will compete in the FoodsCo NASCAR=
Challenge Salinas 250. It is also the still relatively new Team Walker Motorsports' first road course race together as a team.
"Honestly, the closest I've been to Laguna Seca is the video game I recently bought," quipped Woodside, "I've been playing it a lot, and it's a lot of fun. If we get there and do as well as I'm doing on the game we'll be in good shape. But, seriously, we had such a good run last weekend, the team is focused, we've got some solid road course experience behind us and we expect to be strong this Sunday."
Woodside finished in third place in last weekend's Food 4 Less 250 at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway following an impressive charge for the win.
Woodside's road course talents were best displayed in 1998 with a win at Heartland Park. He then headed for Sears Point that October where, leading with only a few laps to go, he lost his shot at the win when he was collected in a wreck.
Team owner Donna Walker, still excited with last weekend's results, is confident that her team is up to the challenge.
"I'm really looking forward to going to Laguna Seca," Walker commented. "Although it's the first time this team, in its entirety, will race on a road course, each team member contributed to the preparations from their previous road course experience, and the car is ready to go."
More information is available at the team's Web site at http://www.teamwalkermo torsports.com.
Team Walker Motorsports is a multi-team racing operation owned by Donna Walker and her son, Michael. The team fields the #45 Team Walker/Ron's Rear Ends/NAPA Chevrolet in the NASCAR Winston West Series, featuring driver Sean Woodside, and the #23 Team Walker/Ron's Rear Ends/Quixote/Sunset Expendables/NAPA Chevrolet in Irwindale Speedway's Super Late Model program, driven by Mike Walker. North Hollywood, Calif.-based Team Walker Motorsports debuted in 1999 with a limited Late Model schedule.