Thurman Thomas Racing to debut at Lake Erie

Orlando, Fla. (June 25, 2003) -- Retired Buffalo Bills future Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas is racing into the world of motorsports as the team owner of Thurman Thomas Racing. The team has hired 20-year-old rookie sensation Tim...

Orlando, Fla. (June 25, 2003) -- Retired Buffalo Bills future Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas is racing into the world of motorsports as the team owner of Thurman Thomas Racing. The team has hired 20-year-old rookie sensation Tim Russell, of Apopka, Fla., and plans to make their racing debut in August in the American Speed Association (ASA). Thurman Thomas Racing will compete in the remainder of the 2003 season and race a full schedule in 2004.

"I will be putting the same energy that I gave on the field during my NFL career into this race car team," Thomas stated. "We have an amazing team and I can't wait until we compete in our first race in Erie, Pennsylvania."

Russell began his young racing career in 1996 in the quarter midgets where he won more than half of his races in his first four years. In 2001, he advanced to super stocks, where he ran 14 races and achieved two feature wins, eight top- five finishes and won Rookie of the Year honors. In 2002, he ran 13 late model races, winning four and garnering two second-place finishes and two third-place finishes.

"I am so excited to be a part of Thurman Thomas Racing," Russell said. "I am confident that we will become one of the top ASA teams."

Tim continues to race late models in 2003 and won his first World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna Speedway. He has also added two feature victories and three top-five finishes to his collection. Russell and the team have also been testing the car that he will be using in the ASA races.

The American Speed Association (ASA) is in its 36th year as the premier short track series, offering bumper-to-bumper racing for its spectators. Serving as a feeder series for many of NASCAR's finest such as Rusty Wallace and Jimmie Johnson, the series continues to grow with 17 races slated for 2003, 16 of which are being aired live on the SPEED Channel.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Tim Russell