Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Scott Ivie Racing pushing for the top in 2011

The 2011 season marks my 5th in the NASCAR K&N SERIES, and the team’s motto this year is “HOLD NOTHING BACK.” In preparation getting the #74 ready for the upcoming season, we have invested heavily in our equipment, personnel and overall morale to strive for a podium finish for each race this year. Some of the changes implemented include beginning the season with our first race at Miller Motor Sport Park in Utah, instead of the Infineon race being the jumping off point for the year. Our team is really looking forward to going back and finishing strong after such a disappointing race last September. While in the 7th with only 11 laps to go we lost the motor and it was a huge disappointment to the team. There had been many changes made to the car and it was just coming together. In June, we will be back out at Infineon for the combination race with the Cup Series. I have always been fond of the scenic northern California venue, and it is one of my favorite places to race. It’s my home track, and I have won several races there including a track record in 2004. I love the huge crowds and the family and friends that show up year after year to give unwavering support, it’s a great weekend with around 130,000 people showing up for the 3 day NASCAR event. Come July, Scott Ivie Racing will be back in Portland which has been a challenging track for the team over the last two years. In 2009 during practice the motor blew and despite a tremendous effort from everyone on the crew getting the back- up motor in and running, the car would not fire at the “start your engines” command. In 2010 after battling brake issues all day at practice, the #74 qualified well. Unfortunately on lap 7, the #81 car spun and we got collected. It wasn’t a very hard impact but it punctured the radiator in multiple places and that ended the race for us. I’m extremely excited to race in Portland again due to the welcoming crowds and devotion to NASCAR the fans exhibit, not to mention I truly enjoys the feel of the track as it complements my competitive driving style. We are truly excited and optimistic for the 2011 NASCAR K&N Series!!! It’s taken dedication, grit and a lot of hard work to get the team where we are, and that is READY TO RACE! See you out there!