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Mopar's Drake readies for busy racing weekend
CENTER LINE, Mich.
Team Mopar's Jay Drake is accustomed to a busy lifestyle, but this weekend the veteran open-wheel driver will truly be a man on the move. Shifting gears, changing racecars, and switching between the dirt and the pavement will be the order of the day. Three days, in fact. Drake is scheduled to compete in three different racing events in two states from July 22 to July 24. Coming off a USAC National Sprint Car Series event at Lawrenceburg Speedway on July 21, Drake will head to The Milwaukee Mile on Friday, July 22, for practice in both the USAC National Silver Crown Series and Menards Infiniti Pro Series. He'll wrap up the day at the USAC Indiana Sprint Week trail for a USAC National Sprint Car Series event at the Terre Haute Action Track. Drake and company will then return to Wisconsin, where he'll compete in the USAC National Silver Crown Series event at The Milwaukee Mile on Saturday, July 23. The action-packed day will also include final practice for the Menards Infiniti Pro Series event, which is scheduled for Sunday, July 24. "It's going to be a great weekend," Drake said. "It's not going to be easy to switch from car to car, series to series, but we're looking forward to the challenge. Because we alternate from pavement to dirt so often, we don't foresee this weekend's races as a problem. As long as you have well-prepared cars, which I do in all three series, the transitions aren't an issue. Our teams work hard during the season to make sure when long weekends like this come up, we're as prepared as we can be." When the checkered flag drops on Sunday in Drake's final weekend event, he will have completed 230 laps of competition in three separate racing series. Drake will drive the No. 21 USAC National Sprint Car and the No. 22 USAC National Silver Crown Series machine for Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises. His No. 20 Menards Infiniti Pro Series event is fielded by Tony George and Vision Racing. For more information regarding Mopar, Drake, or USAC Racing, log on to www.moparspeed.com, www.jaydrake.com, or www.usacracing.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.