Jack Willes to drive for Epic Racing at Las Vegas

Coronado, CA -- Jack Willes will drive the ...

Coronado, CA -- Jack Willes will drive the #9 BBQ Smoke House sponsored Ford Mustang for Epic Racing during the BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series Johnson Controls 100 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, October 27 - 29, 2000.

Gary Johnson, Team Manager for Epic Racing, drove the #9 Mustang at all of the races through the Houston event at the end of September. After that race, team owner Harry Schwartz decided to have Johnson focus 100 percent of his effort on management of the team, leaving the #9 car without a driver.

Willes missed the recent race at Laguna Seca Raceway when TWC Motorsports, the team he drove for during the first three-quarters of the season decided not to attend the event. Willes went to Laguna Seca anyway hoping to find a ride for the balance of the season.

Schwartz and Willes spoke at Laguna Seca and plans were finalized for the two to team up for the Las Vegas event. At press time, discussions were still ongoing regarding continuing the effort at the season finale in San Diego.

Prior to Laguna Seca, Willes was 10th in the Drivers Championship standings. He has had four Top 10 finishes, including 2nd at Charlotte, 6th at Mosport, 5th at Detroit and 7th at Houston.

In 1999, Willes captured the Spec-Racer Ford Pro Series Championship while winning four of the races. In addition to his Pro Series Championship, Willes finished second in the amateur ranks at the 1999 Valvoline Run-offs. Willes is the three-time repeating Southeast Division Champion in Spec-Racer Ford capturing four wins in 1999, two wins in 1998 and four wins in 1997.

In addition to the Willes entry, Epic Racing fields the #19 Kay Manufacturing sponsored Ford Mustang driven by Steve Pelke. Pelke is currently tied for 12th in points with Willy T. Ribbs.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Steve Pelke , Willy T. Ribbs , Jack Willes , John Gary