MT. ALBERT, ONTARIO (July 30, 2008) Kerry Micks is ready to defend his title in the NAPA 100 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race this weekend on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.
The winner of last year's inaugural race has now returned from the series' 2008 western trip, has regrouped, and will be ready for Saturday's race.
"We're ready for this one," said the driver of the Beyond Digital Imaging Ford. "We had some issues out west, but we did take an eighth spot in Edmonton after some engine problems."
Micks is presently sixth in the points going into the Montreal race, the seventh event in the 13-race 2008 schedule.
"Last year's race was an interesting one," Micks continued. "I got an early lead in the race, and led for close to 20 laps. Then Andrew Ranger got by me with only one lap to go. We got a little physical and swapped some paint, but I was able to get by him and hold him off to win. I've been racing many years, and that win was one of the sweetest."
The Mount Albert racer said he enjoys driving on the 2.71-mile road course at Montreal, and looks forward to this weekend's contest.
"The track is just great," he added. "It is a very smooth course, and very twisty. You have to work at it when racing there, but when you win, it is all the more satisfying."
For information about the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, visit www.circuitgillesvilleneuve.ca
Beyond Digital Imaging Inc. (BDI), Canadian Detailing Services, Crane Lake Resort, HP Canada, Ultraflex, Cathcart Trucking, Castrol and NGK Spark Plugs are sponsors of Micks Motorsports, www.micksmotorsports.com
About Kerry Micks: Kerry Micks, the 1993 CASCAR Super Series National Champion is the driver of the #02 Micks Motorsports 2008 Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. Micks of Mount Albert, Ontario finished the 2007 season in seventh position in the championship point standings with three top-three podium finishes, and seven top-ten finishes including a win at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in downtown Montreal and the Grand-Prix de Trois-Rivières. Micks collected one pole in 2007 at Barrie Speedway and had a third place finishes at Mosport Speedway.
Kerry has been driving Ford products since 1995 when Ford of Canada came on board with Micks Motorsports, and it continues to support Ford and retain close relationships with all involved.
About NASCAR: The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) has a broad reach with 1,300 racing events at 95 tracks in the United States, Canada, and Mexico in several racing series. Among major professional sports, NASCAR ranks number one in corporate involvement and per-event attendance, and number two in television viewership. This sanctioning body for stock car racing is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in New York City (Corporate Marketing), Los Angeles (Broadcasting Media and Entertainment), Charlotte, North Carolina (Licensing and Aftermarket), Concord, North Carolina (Research and Development Center), Mexico City, and Toronto, Ontario.
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will be presented across Canada in a 13-race schedule for 2008.
From Bruce F. Mehlenbacher