Irwindale: Mopar - Dave Steele spotlight

Mopar's Dave Steele is Set For Mopar Twin 25's Event Center Line, Mich. - Mopar's Dave Steele will have his mind focused on one thing this weekend in the Mopar Twin 25's at Irwindale Speedway: winning big. After setting a new midget car track ...

Mopar's Dave Steele is Set For Mopar Twin 25's Event

Center Line, Mich. - Mopar's Dave Steele will have his mind focused on one thing this weekend in the Mopar Twin 25's at Irwindale Speedway: winning big. After setting a new midget car track record and coming off an outstanding run at the Copper World Classic last Saturday in Phoenix, Steele is looking to continue his hot streak and make the double feature event twice as nice for Mopar and Nicholas Racing.

"It would mean everything to us to win the Mopar Twin 25's again," Steele said. "The money is great, and I would like to give my new car owner and everyone at Mopar a taste of what it's like to win an event like this. I've won the Indianapolis event in the past, but with my sponsor on board as the race sponsor, it would mean even more to take the win."

Steele, who is widely recognized for his hands-on approach to racing, has prepared for the Mopar Twin 25's just as he would for any race. The pavement-savvy driver's success can be attributed to his vast knowledge of the nuts and bolts of the 900-pound rocket he pilots around the track. The veteran driver will take the track in the Mopar Twin 25's this weekend with the confidence and knowledge that his team has made winning the event obtainable.

"We get back to the basics when it comes to preparing the cars for events," Steele said. "The key to winning races is consistency, and that comes from taking the steps to ensure that you will be consistent. We do the maintenance to make sure we're ready for each race, and that includes the Mopar Twin 25's. It's that preparation that makes us confident that we're a contender at each event."

Steele's contenders know that his simple explanation for his driving prowess isn't all due to the team's dedication to preparation. They are keenly aware that when the visor locks and the No. 2 Mopar-powered entry is pushed off for the start of the Mopar Twin 25's, the man behind the wheel is all business. They'll also be looking for Steele to head to the front, as he has his sites set on capturing the $50,000 bonus on the West Coast this time.

"We've got a good chance to win both of these races; they're ours to lose," Steele said. "Our team has as good of a chance as any other at this event, if not more so with the Mopar powerplant in the car. We're going to take it a race at a time, concentrating on winning the first feature and then taking the second one. We'll be there in the end."

The Mopar Twin 25's at Irwindale will be held this Saturday, March 27, 2004. Tickets can be purchased for the event by calling (800) 515-8445. For more information regarding the Mopar Twin 25's, log on to www.twin25s.com or www.midgetmadness.com.

For more information regarding Mopar or Dave Steele, log on to www.moparspeed.com or www.davesteele.com.

Mopar is based in Center Line, Mich., and is the exclusive original equipment supplier of parts and accessories for Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep® vehicles.

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