Chase Pistone Signs with Doug Stringer, Inc. Pro Cup Team 22-Year-Old to Race Ready for Lakeland Opener CONCORD, NC- Chase Pistone knows that to succeed long-term in racing, you need to build the right relationships. The 22-year-old...
Chase Pistone Signs with Doug Stringer, Inc. Pro Cup Team
22-Year-Old to Race Ready for Lakeland Opener
CONCORD, NC- Chase Pistone knows that to succeed long-term in racing, you need to build the right relationships. The 22-year-old North Carolina native has been doing just that while building up quite a racing resume in the USAR Pro Cup Series, Late Model Stock Cars and Legends Cars.
Now, it appears that Pistone has aligned himself with a winning team going into the 2006 Pro Cup season. Pistone will race a car fielded by Doug Stringer, Inc. in the series. Stringer is a partner in the Akins-Braun NASCAR Busch Series team and has been around the block a time or two before. His experience in helping young drivers like Kasey Kahne, should be a huge benefit to Pistone.
"We're going to run the full Pro Cup Southern tour and we hope to be able to run an ARCA race or two before the year is out. We're working pretty closely with a few potential sponsors, too. All this has gotten me really excited for the season.
"It feels good to be associated with such a well-known and well-respected team. Doug Stringer has given me a great opportunity and I hope to do well with it. I hope to really take advantage of the resources and the exposure that being associated with this team will bring. Hopefully I can run up front for them."
Turning the wrenches for the team will be someone very familiar to Pistone.
"I'm really going to benefit from the help of my crew chief, David "Buggy" Pletcher," said Pistone. "He was the crew chief that I had when I went down to Lakeland last year and set on the pole. He's come on and will be the crew chief for us this season.
A string of mechanical failures took away Pistone's chance at winning in his rookie season of Pro Cup in 2005. Now, he hopes that he'll get to victory lane with his new team.
"We're going to hopefully make a run for the championship," said Pistone. "I'd like to win a race or two and I think it's possible. Buggy is really familiar with these cars and these tracks and even though there's going to be a lot of competition, we should do pretty good. I think if we can just get some good races under our belts to start the season off we should be in a good position to do some good things at the end of the year. It's going to be nice to get back behind the wheel and get after some good finishes."
The Pro Cup season kicks off on Sat., February 25 at the USA Int'l Speedway in Lakeland, Florida. Last year, Pistone made his Pro Cup debut in that event and shocked the pit area by winning the pole in his first time out.
He has similar high hopes for this year's stop at Lakeland.
"We're going to go shake the car down at Lakeland and that will give us a good head start on things when we get there to start the year," said Pistone. "I'm really excited to just get the season started."