HAMILTON, ONTARIO (July 30, 2008) – Fastline Motorsports Team drivers Jeff and Jim Lapcevich are ready for the NAPA 100, the seventh race in the 2008 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. The event will be held August 2 on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.
“I’m a little concerned that the Chevrolets haven’t done well on the road courses this year,” said Jeff Lapcevich, driver of the 2008 Chevrolet Monte Carlo sponsored by Tim Hortons. “The Fords and Dodges have been strong, and the Chevrolets have been down on power,” he continued. “But, that being said, we plan on doing better than last year.”
In 2007, Jeff Lapcevich started the 23-lap race in ninth position, and finished eighth. The other Fastline driver, Jim Lapcevich, agreed with his brother Jeff regarding the lack of power for the Chevy drivers.
“Are we down on power? Absolutely,” said Jim Lapcevich, who pilots a similar 2008 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. “Last year the car just ran out of horsepower,” added the Hamilton, Ontario resident. Even with an engine change after qualifying, he started in 31st spot and worked his way back to ninth at Montreal.
Both drivers said they enjoy racing on the Montreal course.
“It’s a nice twisty track,” said Jeff, of Grimsby, Ontario, who is running a limited schedule this year, with the Montreal event his second of the present season. “There are lots of changes on the track. The only thing it lacks is differences in elevation.”
Brother Jim, who is competing in most NASCAR races this year, concurred with Jeff about racing on the 2.71-mile road circuit which has been the home to the Canadian Grand Prix.
“I love the track,” said Jim. “It’s the smoothest track we’ve ever been on, thanks to the Formula One specs. I really enjoy racing on it. It’s a lot of fun.”
For information about the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, visit www.circuitgillesvilleneuve.ca
Team Fastline, www.fastlinemotorsports.ca, is sponsored by Tim Hortons, Springer's Meats, Troy Cove Marine, Cathcart Trucking, Wix Filters and B & J Electric.
For more information, please contact Bruce Mehlenbacher at Bruce@JAJEntertainment.com
About Fastline Motorsports: The Fastline Motorsports, www.FastlineMotorsports.ca, team cars are based on the 2008 Chevrolet Monte Carlo body with a 107.5-inch wheelbase, which sits on top of a McColl Racing Enterprises chassis. The 355-cubic inch small-block Chevrolet engine from AP Racing Engines produces over 500 horsepower, and this power is transferred to the car's rear wheels by a four-speed transmission. Headed by father Joe Lapcevich, and with an experienced and devoted crew of 12 others, this two-car team demonstrates the professionalism, ability, and confidence to represent this exciting sport both on and off the track.
About Jeff Lapcevich: Jeff Lapcevich ran a limited schedule in the 2007 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and finished with two top-ten finishes. Jeff Lapcevich began his career on road circuits, and the experience acquired in this form of motorsport has developed into a successful career on the CASCAR tour, as he has won six road course events in the past four years in CASCAR.
About Jim Lapcevich: In 2007, Jim Lapcevich captured seven top-ten finishes in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and one top-five finish, narrowly missing the winner’s podium on several occasions. With a strong background in oval track events, Jim Lapcevich has progressed from the Saturday night "bull-rings" to become one of the top drivers in CASCAR, with several victories in this national series. With a strong competitive desire, Jim will always be in the hunt vying for that checkered flag.
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