CRA: Brent Downey heading to ASA

Avon, Ind. (January 9, 2003) -- Downey Racing announced today that Sunoco Super Series regular Brent Downey will compete on a partial basis with the ASA Racing Series in the upcoming 2003 season. Current plans indicate Downey racing full-time in...

Avon, Ind. (January 9, 2003) -- Downey Racing announced today that Sunoco Super Series regular Brent Downey will compete on a partial basis with the ASA Racing Series in the upcoming 2003 season. Current plans indicate Downey racing full-time in the 2004 ASA tour, challenging for the prestigious $50,000 to win Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie of the Year Award. Downey Racing recently purchased a Rander Car Chassis from the stables of Go-Go Motorsports that led David Stremme to 2002 ASA Rookie of the Year honors. Stremme and legendary crew chief Howie Lettow will offer assistance to Downey Racing in the 2003 ASA season.

"I'm really excited about my opportunity to race in the ASA Racing Series. With the change of ownership and the new television package with Speed Channel, ASA has a very promising future," said Brent Downey. "I want to use 2003 as a learning experience to receive education on the cars and tracks in ASA. The cars are a lot different than what I have drove the last three years in Sunoco. It will be a huge benefit having the knowledge of David Stremme and Howie Lettow to help familiarize us with ASA," added Downey.

Downey will make his ASA debut at Toledo Speedway on May 18 and will then compete in additional races at Mansfield Motorsports Park, Indianapolis Raceway Park, Berlin Raceway, Illiana Motor Speedway, Salem Speedway and Fairgrounds Speedway at Nashville.

Downey Racing put the for sale tags on the Port City machines that they utilized in the Sunoco Super Series along with their K-Motion Racing Engines. There is still a possibility that Downey will race a limited schedule in the Sunoco Super Series in 2003.

"I'm going to miss all the friendships I have developed in the Sunoco Series along with the stiff competition in the races. It has been a great experience racing the past three series with some of the best late model drivers in the Midwest," added Downey.

Downey, 20, began his career in the quarter midget ranks and has notched numerous victories. The 20-year old driver competed in legends during the 1999 season and was the National Champion and Anderson Speedway Track Champion. In 2000, he competed in his first season in a late model and finished 10th in the Sunoco Super Series. The following season he ranked eighth and produced four top-ten finishes. In 2002, Downey finished 14th in the final standings after recovering from a early season hand injury that forced him to miss some early season events. The 2002 highlights included four top-five finishes, seven top 10s and his first pole at Angola Motor Speedway.

Brent and his younger brother Brian are co-owners of Downey Racing, LLC. Brian has been named team manager and their father Mark, a long time crew chief for Brent will remain in that position next season in the ASA Racing Series.

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