Homestead: Edwards/RET preview

Shepherd and Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing Prepare for Homestead Memphis, Tenn. -- March 21, 2006 -- Canadian Peter Shepherd and the Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing team are hoping for good results at Homestead-Miami Speedway...

Shepherd and Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing Prepare for Homestead

Memphis, Tenn. -- March 21, 2006 -- Canadian Peter Shepherd and the Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing team are hoping for good results at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend. The Homestead event marks Shepherd's first entry into USAC.

"I have only spent a little time in the Silver Crown car during testing," said Shepherd. "I felt more comfortable by the end of the session. I have a good team around me to help take the pressure off."

Shepherd can also lean on fellow C&R Chassis driver and Silver Crown veteran, Brian Tyler. The team brought Tyler to give guidance to the 19-ear-old Canadian during a test session at Memphis Motorsports Park last week. The team tried different setups on the 2003 Silver Crown car to see how Shepherd would react.

"We gave him a car which was purposely loose and he was able to handle it," said Team Manager Chris Santucci. "It was purposely tight and he was able to understand what was going on with the car. I can see why Roush thinks so much of him. He picks up on odd things with the car really quick."

"I think Peter has shown that he can adapt to new situations really quickly," said Team Owner Carl Edwards. "Everyone at Roush Racing believes in him. I think this is going to be exciting."

The 1.5-mile oval at Homestead is the largest track that Shepherd has ever raced on. But the former CASCAR short track driver doesn't seem worried.

"Fortunately, I was able to test there a few weeks ago," said Shepherd. "I never thought I would be at Homestead this soon but at the same time after testing here I feel that I am ready for it. If I drive real smooth and I think we will get he finish that we want. We will go out there, keep the car in one piece. I expect a good finish, a good run and to gain a lot of experience."


Earlier this week, the team announced that Peter Shepherd would drive the No. 99 on pavement. For the 19-year-old, it was an important step in his career.

"I never thought I would never have an opportunity to drive a Silver Crown car in my life and thanks to Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing and the folks at Roush, it is becoming a reality," smiled Shepherd. "It has always been a dream of mine to run in these cars. I am looking forward to having a lot of fun."


As a young driver, Peter Shepherd has looked up to Carl Edwards. The first time he met his team owner to be, Shepherd admitted to being a little star struck. The first time, Edwards called to offer some advice; the Canadian thought someone at Roush was pulling his leg.

"The first time that Carl phoned me, he couldn't convince me that it was him," laughed Shepherd. "I thought it was one of the guys a Roush playing a trick on me. He said, "Hi this is Carl Edwards," and I was like yea right. I almost hung up on him."

Fortunately Peter Shepherd didn't hang up on Edwards. The 2005 NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year climbed in the No. 99 Silver Crown car during testing at Homestead. Shepherd then followed Edwards and was able to tutor the youngster on the new car and the track from a first hand account.


Jerry Coons Jr. drove the No. 99 car in the inaugural race for the new generation Silver Crown cars at Phoenix. The team's and veteran open wheel driver's experience and communication skills were put to the test as they took the car straight from the factory and made it a potential winner.

"If sponsorship allows, we would like to see him back in our car," said Edwards. "We had a true veteran and a champion driving the first race and now we are going to take Peter for the rest of the season. Jerry's input helped us and Phoenix and will continue to help us for the rest of the season."


Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing is seeking marketing partners for the 2006 season. The team has opportunities in their Silver Crown pavement and Silver Crown dirt programs. To find out how we can help your business, please contact Chris Santucci at 901-581-1487.


The Miami-Homestead Speedway Silver Crown race is scheduled to air on the Outdoor Channel April 8 at 5pm Eastern time. The Outdoor Channel will air twelve, one-hour broadcasts this season with additional replays scheduled. Veteran racing broadcast icon, Jack Arute will call the race while Rob Klepper will handle the color commentary. Brienne Pedigo will report from pit lane. For a complete TV schedule, please visit our website.


Who do you think will win the Homestead Silver Crown race? Vote now by going to and clicking on the Fan Poll icon.


Live coverage of the Homestead-Miami Speedway Silver Crown race will take place March 24 and 25 from Homestead-Miami Speedway exclusively on USAC Live provides text updates through a unique Live Window on the website as well as photo coverage of the events surrounding race weekend. Fans can visit by clicking on the Live Trackside icon on our website.


Pete Shepherd will be a guest this weekend on Focus On Racing. The program is produced by CBS Radio and can be heard on affiliates all across the United States.

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