Peter Shepherd and Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing Finish Seventh at Homestead Homestead, Fla. -- March 25, 2006 -- USAC newcomer Peter Shepherd accomplished the Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing team's goals this weekend USAC...
Peter Shepherd and Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing Finish Seventh at Homestead
Homestead, Fla. -- March 25, 2006 -- USAC newcomer Peter Shepherd accomplished the Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing team's goals this weekend USAC Silver Crown Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Coming into the weekend, the Canadian had only turned a handful of laps in an open cockpit Silver Crown car.
"The goal for us this weekend was to get Peter (Shepherd) as many laps as possible and be there at the end of the race," said Team Manager Chris Santucci. "We wanted to build him up slow, which is what we did. I think he improved every time he was in the car."
Shepherd listened to his crew and communicated with them on what changes needed to be made to the car. The team's hard work was rewarded when Shepherd turned a 31.429 second lap good for fourth quick during qualifying.
"Qualifying fourth was a major surprise," smiled Santucci. "He said that he felt the car had more in it and he was right. He made a believer out of us by turning his best time of the weekend."
From there, the Brampton, Ontario native started his first Silver Crown™ race. The team's game plan was to let their new student get a feel for Silver Crown racing. With USAC veterans starting behind Shepherd, he knew that things could get interesting. Peter Shepherd kept the No. 99 Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing/ C&R/ Ford in the top ten for all 67 laps on the 1.5 mile oval, finishing seventh.
"I gained a lot of experience and being able to come out of here with a seventh place finish is better than what I expected," stated Shepherd.
Team Manager Chris Santucci had nothing but praise for his pupil.
"Peter is a good communicator and kept the car clean," said Santucci. "I think he gained a lot of respect in the USAC community this weekend with how he drove the car. Some were surprised that he was in the car in the beginning but by the end of the weekend they understood why he is in the car."
"I want to thank the crew," said Shepherd. "The car was unbelievable. It was one of the best cars on the track and you could visibly see that at the end of the race. I was just happy to have a good finish today."
PROFESSOR TYLER TOPS THE FIELD
Peter Shepherd leaned on several USAC veteran drivers this weekend. One of them, Brian Tyler, set an excellent example of how to drive a new generation Silver Crown car by coming from seventh to win the feature at Homestead today. In addition to giving advice to Shepherd this weekend, Tyler also tutored the Roush Racing Driver X competitor during practice in a 2003 Silver Crown car last week at Memphis.
MARKETING PARTNERS WANTED
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.
USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES ON TV
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.
ON THE WEB
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