(TOLEDO, Ohio - October 11, 2011) - Motivation is everything, even in times of doubt.
Last week at Kansas Speedway, Team BCR Racing experienced some misfortune after driver Charles Evans Jr. was stalled from making his speedway debut after a piece of debris shredded a tire on his No. 99 Elevator Transportation Services Ford Fusion and ultimately resulted in an unexpected meeting with the wall in practice.
Forced to regroup and withdraw from the Kansas Lottery 98.9, Evans Jr. and his Team BCR Racing team led by Motorsports veteran Howard Bixman exited the track disappointed but determined knowing that Toledo Speedway was on deck and the chance for Evans Jr. to strut his stuff wasn’t far away.
The time is now here and Evans Jr. is ready to use motivation as a way of bouncing back and putting his No. 99 Elevator Transportation Services / Casite / RoushYatesParts.com Ford Fusion in contention in Sunday’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season finale, the Toledo ARCA 200 presented by Federated Car Care.
“Kansas was disappointing for sure, but that’s in the past,” said Evans Jr. “Toledo Speedway is approaching this weekend and that’s where our focus is. I’ve experienced ups and downs in my racing career – that’s just part of the business. The team’s demeanor hasn’t changed at all – we’re just staying focused on the job at hand and we’re going to Toledo and prove that we can be a threat and put our No. 99 Elevator Transportation Services / Casite / RoushYatesParts.com Ford Fusion up front.”
An obvious reason that motivation is carrying the team to the Northern Ohio-race track this weekend is the result of a recent private test session at the half-mile oval where the Friendswood, Texas native stunned the team with extremely wicked fast laps – at times good enough to put their blue oval on the pole in the most recent race held there in May.
“I’ve been telling everyone for a while that CJ is the real deal and that’s the truth,” said crew chief Howard Bixman. “Here’s a kid that has jumped into these cars with very little experience and has accelerated himself well beyond our early goals. Everyone is antsy about Toledo Speedway on Sunday and I think CJ will step up and show the field what he is capable of doing.”
Of course, short track racing is dynamic. Staying out of trouble, using patience and keeping the fenders on your automobile are all crucial to success. Even though the former INEX Legends Car Series driver will carry a yellow stripe on the back of his No. 99 Elevator Transportation Services / Casite / RoushYatesParts.com Ford Fusion, he is well aware of what it will take to get the job done on race day.
“Give and take,” offered the 21-year old. “It’s 200 laps. There’s plenty of time to get to the front and stay there, if we’re forced to start near the back of the field. This team has a great leader in Howard, and he crew has worked real hard to build us two new cars in the last month. The team is plenty capable of running up front, leading laps and contending for a strong finish. We’re hoping a solid effort will give us some headway going into the off-season, where we’re planning on being around a lot more in 2012. We still need some sponsorship in order to make that happen, but we’re working on that. A good run on Sunday afternoon definitely wouldn’t hurt us with that scenario either.”
For Bixman, he’s just looking for his freshman driver to take the green and checkered flag.
“We know we’re going to have a good No. 99 Elevator Transportation Services / Casite / RoushYatesParts.com Ford Fusion,” the Michigan native said. “We won’t be able to control everything that happens, but we know what our intentions are for Sunday. CJ is plenty capable of racing with ARCA’s finest; we just want him to earn their respect and vice-versa. If we can keep everything intact, we’ll be in good shape. All of us at Team BCR would like to say thank you to all our marketing partners for their support this year along with NASCAR driver Colin Braun who’s served as CJ's driving coach.”
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The Toledo ARCA 200 presented by Federated Car Care (200 laps / 100 miles) is the 19th of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 70th ARCA race at Toledo Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, October 15 with a forty five minute practice session planned from 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. A final forty five minute “happy hour” session has been etched in from 1:40 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for later in the day slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. A one hour on-track autograph session has been etched in from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. on race day (Sunday). The contest will take the green flag shortly after 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 16. The event will be televised live on SPEED with additional race coverage including live timing and scoring throughout the 1,331st race for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards since it was formed in 1953 will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com presented by ARCANation.com. All times are local.
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