Coons and Reid Expect Big Things at The Copper World Classic Memphis, Tenn. -- January 26, 2005 -- Jerry Coons Jr., Boston Reid and the R.E. Technologies Racing team are expecting to fair well this weekend at the Fast Signs Southwest 100 during...
Coons and Reid Expect Big Things at The Copper World Classic
Memphis, Tenn. -- January 26, 2005 -- Jerry Coons Jr., Boston Reid and the R.E. Technologies Racing team are expecting to fair well this weekend at the Fast Signs Southwest 100 during the 28th Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway. The team is returning both drivers from last season and a veteran crew.
"It is always easier with experience," said team manager Chris Santucci. "Last year was Boston performed well for his first time without testing on a mile in a Silver Crown™ car. "It is always easier with experience."
"Having the same crew from last year back could be one of the keys to our success," added Coons. "We know what to expect from each other and that allows us to have a lot of quality practice time."
Last year both Reid and teammate Carl Edwards gained ten spots each to finish in the top twelve.
"Last year was good for us," stated Reid. "Phoenix is such a neat racetrack because it has such history with Cup, IRL and USAC. The "D" shaped track lends itself to several passing points that makes the track unique."
"The facility at PIR is top notch," said Coons. "The dogleg on the back straightaway makes Phoenix a fun place to race at."
The team's best finish at PIR was 4th on 2001 with Coons at the wheel.
The R.E. Technologies Racing team hit the one-mile oval at Phoenix for testing last week to prepare for the Copper World Classic.
"We had some good test sessions," said Coons. "This year the schedule for the Copper World Classic is full so getting ready for race weekend will be paramount."
Jerry Coons Jr. tested both his No. 35 and Boston Reid's No. 135 Curb Records entries over two days.
"I know Jerry will get the No. 135 dialed in," smiled Reid. "When we go, on Saturday, we will be ready."
GAERTE MOPAR POWER
The No. 35 Curb Records machine, driven by Jerry Coons Jr., will have a Gaerte Mopar engine under its hood. This is the first time that the team has run a Gearte Mopar engine during a Silver Crown™ race.
COONS DAILY DOUBLE
In addition to Jerry Coon's duties as driver of the "Curb-Agajanian Special," the Arizona native will venture over to Manzanita Speedway Saturday night for the Valvoline USAC/CRA season opener. Coons is scheduled to drive Tim Wooldridge's No. 3 sprint car.
SWEET HOME ARIZONA
Jerry Coons Jr. will be racing at his home Silver Crown™ track this weekend. Coons is a native of Tucson, Arizona.
"Tucson is not that far away so this would certainly be one that we would like to win," smiled Coons. "I am not going to put any more added pressure on us. It would be nice to win, but I am going to approach it like I am going to approach all ten races."
TEN RACE CHASE
Teams in the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series have only ten opportunities to score points in their attempts to claim the championship crown. The R.E. Technologies Racing team is planning on making every race count.
"We are not looking to just finish races but to be a contender for the win at every race," said Coons. "We may not win every race but as long as we can be in the top five and be in contention week in and week out, we should have a good chance at the championship."
REID ON LIMITED SCHEDULE
Boston Reid will drive the No. 135 Silver Crown™ machine at select events on pavement this season.
"It is so good to get back and run were you are from," smiled Reid. "Any time you get an opportunity to run a Silver Crown™ car, you are looking forward to it."
"Boston will run Phoenix and possibly one other event for us," stated Santucci. "The rest of the time, he is committed to the Busch team."
Reid is scheduled to compete in a minimum of 13 races behind the wheel of the No. 5 Lowe's Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.
"The open wheel cars teach you a good feel, on the pavement and the dirt," said the 22-year-old Reid. "The non-winged stuff teaches you a lot of car control. The Silver Crown cars teaches you tire management over 100 laps, and I think that prepares you for the Busch Series cars, where you have to run your tires for 60 or 70 laps. I think its just good learning ground."
Last season in addition to driving for R.E. Technologies, Reid inked a development deal with Hendrick Motorsports. He started four ARCA and three Busch Series events for a team affiliated with Hendrick's driver development program.
"It will be interesting to see how Boston has grown as a driver on the tracks and with his physical fitness," said Santucci. "He should be a lot stronger physically and as a driver."
COONS IN HOFFMAN SPRINTER
Jerry Coons Jr. will drive the full year in the famous No. 69 dirt sprint car for Hoffman Auto Racing. Coons drove for the eight-time USAC National Sprint Car Champions on a limited basis in 2004.
"Jerry is an up and coming USAC star. We had success with Jerry in 2004, and we believe together we can win races in 2005," said Richard Hoffman, President of the Hoffman Auto Racing. "The team is focusing on winning races and repeating our Sprint Car Championship in 2005."
Tracy Hines will drive the No. 69 sprint car for a majority of the pavement races.
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ON THE WEB
R.E. Technologies Racing's website www.retechracing.com provides the latest information about the R.E. Technologies Racing team. The site also offers photos of the team from the track, live coverage of events from the track as well as the opportunity to hear the driver's thoughts in the Driver's Audio section. Fans can also visit Boston's official website at www.bostonreid.com and Jerry Coons' official website at www.jerrycoonsjr.com.