Indy IRP: Edwards/RET race report

EDWARDS SECOND IN EXCITING FINISH AT ORP INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- August 4, 2006 -- Carl Edwards finished second Thursday night in a exciting conclusion to the J.D. ByRider 100 at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. The Carl...


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- August 4, 2006 -- Carl Edwards finished second Thursday night in a exciting conclusion to the J.D. ByRider 100 at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. The Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing team and their fellow competitors dodged rain showers all day. A heavy shower cancelled qualifying forcing USAC to set the field based on practice times. Edwards would start fifth driving the No. 199 Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Ford C&R Silver Crown car. By the halfway point in the race, Edwards had climbed up to third. For the first half of the race,Edwards battled with reigning Silver Crown champion Dave Steele.

"I was trying to do the same thing over and over just waiting for that opportunity," said Edwards. "I had a run on him (Dave Steele) and he had to slip up and it worked out."

On lap 57, Edwards passed Steele for second and set his sights on race leader Brian Tyler. The yellow came out for light rain on lap 61 bunching up the field. With ominous storm clouds looming overhead the Missouri native was on Tyler's tail when racing resumed five laps later. With 23 laps to go, Carl Edwards made his move. After running the high groove for most of the night, the Missouri native went low and ran side by side with the USAC veteran through turns three and four but then dropped behind Tyler to gather momentum.

"The high line off was better for the No. 199 Ford C&R car," said Edwards. "I was trying to come up with ways to pass people and still not be on the bottom coming off. I had to get them right in the middle. It is like a chess game and you can work out where in the corners you can make up a little more ground and how you are going to set a guy up."

The next lap would prove to be one of the most exciting moments of the evening and would decide the outcome of the race.

"I got underneath him in three and got loose. I turned right to correct and my arm restraint got hung up on the steering wheel so I couldn't turn the wheel as far as I wanted and I got sideways."

The No. 199 C&R Ford slid sideways but the NEXTEL Cup driver quickly gathered up the car driving through the grass and back out onto the track without loosing a position.

"I knew as soon as I hit the grass I would keep going the direction I was going at that time and it would work out. I felt pretty good about that. I saw the grass so I figured it would be all right."

Carl Edwards finished second to Brian Tyler. The second place finish was Edwards' career best USAC Silver Crown finish and tied for the team's record for best finish on a paved oval.

"Brian was really fast tonight. I just couldn't turn right far enough. We would have been all right. That's all there is to it. Anyway it was fun racing. To be able to come to ORP and race cars like this and race against guys like Brian Tyler, Dave Steele and guys like that, man it is spectacular."

Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing team recorded their second podium finish of the season at ORP Thursday night and are now tied for 4th place in the owner's point standings heading into Terre Haute Saturday night. Complete race results can be viewed in the Live Trackside portion of the team's website


As a team owner in the USAC Silver Crown Series, Carl Edwards believes the future looks good for his team Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing and the series.

"I think what the series is doing is really awesome, running these cars in front of the bigger crowds at these bigger racetracks," said Edwards. "I really hope more car owners get involved and I hope the fans enjoy it as much as we enjoy it. I look to this series to grow. That is why I am part of it. I really believe that it will grow."

If you or your company is interested in becoming a marketing partner with Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing, please contact Chris Santucci at 901-581-1487 or Blake Johnson at 901-210-8525. The team has sponsorship opportunities in both their Silver Crown pavement and Silver Crown dirt programs for 2006 and 2007.


When the J.D. ByRider 100 airs on the Outdoor Channel on August 19 at 5pm Eastern Time, fans will get a unique perspective of what it is like to drive Carl's car. The No. 199 Ford powered C&R Silver Crown car driven by Carl Edwards carried an Outdoor Channel onboard camera during the race. Fans won't want to miss the broadcast and see first hand how Edwards recovered from the half-spin to finish second.


The Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing team heads to the First Financial Bank Sumar Classic 100 on the ½ mile dirt Terre Haute Action Track Saturday night. USAC National Midget Series points leader Jerry Coons Jr. will wheel the No. 199 Silver Crown car and USAC Rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will drive the No. 35. Both drivers have been quite busy since their last outing with the team at the Hoosier Hundred in May. Coons has been busy driving the No. 11 Wilke-Pak midget in USAC National Midget Series action and the No. 69 Hoffman Auto Racing entry in USAC National Sprint Car competition. Jerry Coons is 7th in drivers points and his team is 3rd in owners points.

"It has been good running in all three divisions this year," smiled Coons. "I like staying busy. I am trying to stay sharp running as many races as I can. We have had a good year overall."

Ricky Stenhouse has also had a good season to date. The USAC rookie won three of the five sprint car races during Ohio Sprint Week earlier this month. He also won three USCS races and finished second last weekend at Knoxville Raceway in a tune-up for the Knoxville Nationals.

"I will be going into Terre Haute with a lot more confidence," smiled Stenhouse. "We have been busy running midgets, winged as well as non winged sprints and even an SCCA road course event. Hopefully I can carry some momentum from our good finishes into the Terre Haute race."


Who do you think will win the "First Financial Bank Sumar Classic 100?" Vote now by going to and clicking on the Fan Poll icon.


The Carl Edwards/ R.E. Technologies Racing website will provide updates this weekend from the Terre Haute Action Track. Fans can visit the "Live Trackside" section of the website for updates as well stories on the main page and photos in the photo section of the website.

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Steele , Brian Tyler , Carl Edwards , Jerry Coons , Ricky Stenhouse Jr. , Jerry Coons Jr.