By Ken Spencer, Marketing and Media relations, Brown Auto Racing
Doug Brown and his NAPA Autopro team came a long way in 2005 finishing eleventh in the final CASCAR Super Series standings.
With eight top-10 finishes in the 12-event/ 14-race series, he’s already looking forward to the 2006 season, quietly optimistic a 10th-place or better finish in the national series standings is an attainable goal.
“When we ended sixteenth in the 2004 standings (skipping three events in Western Canada) we felt we were far batter than the final results showed,” Doug recounted. “ Even with the success we had, we feel the same way about this past season.”
“We dug ourselves into a deep hole to begin this season with DNFs in two of the first three races,” the veteran competitor grimaced in reviewing the early season results. “If we hadn’t had those problems and an electrical malfunction in Barrie on Canada Day, we could have had a legitimate shot at tenth place or better. But there are some other drivers who undoubtedly feel the same way about their final results.”
“On the plus side of the ledger, a change in our team’s engine builder, the addition of Wahta Springs Water as a major associate sponsor and a timely co-operative venture with DJ Kennington following the Molson Indy weekend event in Toronto enabled us to finally make the trip to Western Canada where we earned two seventh-place finishes and solid runs in the other events.”
“Those factors were key to this year’s improved performance,” Doug emphasized in reviewing the season.
What’s in store for the team in 2006?
The big news the #10 team is waiting for is the same every team in our Series is likewise hoping for…confirmation regarding the sale of CASCAR to NASCAR.
“We’ve got some definite major plans in the works and some new businesses interested in our programs but a lot is contingent on the NASCAR/CASCAR deal getting done,” Doug answered. “Regardless, we plan to release some news on our programs early in the New Year.”
With 2005 now winding down and 2006 rapidly approaching, our entire team take this time to wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe Holiday Season.
Brown Auto Racing wishes to acknowledge and thank our Title Sponsors NAPA/Autopro; our Major Associate Sponsors Valvoline Canada and Wahta Springs Water; and our Associate Sponsors- NAPA Brake and Chassis, Bicknell Racing Product, World of Graphics, HurryPrint Imaging Centre, WIX Filter; Jebbo's Electronics Warehouse, KWIC Internet, Gates Canada, BOC Gases, Advance Printing, Brochures etc., ACE Transmissions, and Clearshop Custom for their contributions to our 2005 sponsorship/marketing team.