Coons Sets His Sights on a Championship and the Next Level Memphis, Tenn. -- USAC veteran Jerry Coons Jr. is setting his sights on winning a championship with R.E. Technologies and moving up the career ladder to the next level. The Arizona ...
Coons Sets His Sights on a Championship and the Next Level
Memphis, Tenn. -- USAC veteran Jerry Coons Jr. is setting his sights on winning a championship with R.E. Technologies and moving up the career ladder to the next level. The Arizona native recently signed up to drive for R.E. Technologies Racing's Silver Crown team for the 2005 season.
"I am excited about the possibilities this season," stated Coons. "Our goal this season is to win the championship. (Team Manager) Chris Santucci, the team and myself are a good fit."
Over the past few years, Coons and the team has recorded three poles, seven top five finishes and thirteen top ten finishes. Last season in only four outings together, the team started on the front row twice. Coons drove for several owners in 2004, scoring poles at Richmond, Va. and Springfield, Ill. The Arizona native also finished tied for third place in the Earl's Plumbing Fast Qualifier award despite running a partial schedule.
The R.E. Technologies Racing team begins its sixth full year in the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series with high expectations.
"In the past few years, we have led races and been up front," said Coons. "With a veteran crew returning, I believe we have a good chance of winning a race and being in contention for the championship at the end of the year."
"We expect to perform well right out of the box this year," said Johnson. "There is no doubt that Jerry is the contender to beat on dirt. I believe that Jerry is in a position now were he could win several races and contend for the championship."
Jerry Coons Jr. doesn't see Silver Crown racing as an end but as a springboard to a new beginning.
"I have been racing since I was five years old," smiled Coons. "Being able to drive for a living and drive stock cars or Indy cars is my dream. I would love to drive in any of the major series. At this point, I believe the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is the way I would like to go right now."
Jerry Coons Jr. began his racing career in karts, winning the Tucson Kart Club Jr. 2-Cycle championship in 1984. His first midget win came at the tender age of 14. At age 15, he became the youngest person to win a USAC feature in history. In 1998, he moved to Indiana to pursue racing full time. In 2000, the Tucson native participated in an IRL rookie test for John Barnes and Team Panther at Texas Motor Speedway. In 2001, he received the "Most Improved Driver" award with the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series. In 2004, he decided to cut back on his schedule and race selected events. Coons has gained seat time in stock cars as an instructor for the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Phoenix, California and Charlotte.
For Coons, racing is a family affair. His father Jerry Coons Sr. travels to races with his son and doubled as his spotter for several races last season. Jerry Coons Jr.'s wife, Theresa backs her husband 100%.
"I have great support from my wife," stated Coons Jr. "Racing has become a way of life for us. This is what we want to do."
As an outside sales rep for NAPA Auto Parts and as an Insurance adjuster, Coons has become a self-marketer. He also goes out of his way to help promote his sponsors and the events he races at.
"I enjoy doing media sessions, autograph sessions and working with sponsors," said Coons. "I want to see the team and the sport grow."
Jerry Coons' vast background in open wheel racing sets him apart as a driver.
"I believe the open wheel cars give you a feel for a car that you can transfer to the heavier cars. Silver Crown cars give you a good feel of the car. Experience sets me apart from the other drivers. I may be a little older than some of these drivers coming up but I definitely have know-how with different kinds of cars."
That experience allows for excellent communication between Jerry and the crew chief of a team. Coons provides feed back that allows the crew to make changes to make the car better on race day. He has also worked with data and telemetry systems over the past few years while testing with the R.E. Technologies Racing team.
"Jerry Coons Jr. is a tremendous talent," says R.E. Technologies Racing owner, Roger Johnson. "We feel like we have a competitive, patient and mature driver to drive for us this season. Jerry is deliberate. He has a good thought process about what he does. I think Jerry could enhance any team. Anyone considering hiring him will get a good personality, a good talent, a good mind as well as a strong desire to win. He would be a great asset to them."
As Jerry Coons looks forward to his future, he is also focused on winning the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series Championship with R.E. Technologies Racing.
For more on Jerry Coons Jr. and the R.E. Technologies Racing team, go to www.retechracing.com.
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The USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series will kick the 2005 season off at the Copper World Classic January 29-30th at Phoenix International Raceway. The Silver Crown Series is scheduled to join the USAC National Midget Series, NASCAR Grand National, West Series and NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Series.