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2/7/06 - CHASE AUSTIN TO DRIVE FOR FAMILY-OWNED AUSTIN RACING IN 2006

 

 

 




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CHASE AUSTIN TO DRIVE FOR FAMILY-OWNED AUSTIN RACING IN 2006

EUDORA, KS (February 7, 2006) Chase Austin will not be competing with STAR Motorsports in 2006 as originally planned. However, the talented Kansan, who just relocated to Mooresville, N.C., still hopes to compete at the USAR Pro Cup level this season with family-owned Austin Racing.

"STAR was hoping to put everything in place to allow us to be competitive in the 2006 season," said the 16-year-old Austin. "I appreciate everything they tried to do, starting a team from scratch, which is a huge challenge."

Tim Shutt, previously a NASCAR Busch series crew chief with Joe Gibbs Racing and ppc Racing, will spearhead Austin's program. Shutt agreed to work with Austin after just one day of testing with the youngster at Caraway Speedway near Asheboro, N.C.

"Rob Albright from Motorsports Authentics, who is promoting Chase's career, asked me to test with Chase for a day to assess his potential, Shutt said. "I knew in less than two hours that this was a young talent I wanted to be associated with. I'm convinced Chase can be a superstar in this sport and I'm doing everything I can to help make that
happen."

Austin has successfully competed on both dirt and asphalt. His experience includes everything from go-karts to full-size stock cars, participating in numerous touring series, including the American Speed Association (ASA) Late Model Series in 2005.

With shop space in Mooresville, North Carolina, Austin Racing has begun building cars, contacting potential sponsors and preparing for the 2006 USAR Pro Cup schedule. With a veteran like Shutt on board, Austin believes the team has the ingredients to be competitive.

"Tim and I had a great test at Hickory and Peach State in the Pro Cup car," Austin said. "I'm excited about competing at this level and looking forward to learning as much as I can. We're just hoping to find a partner or sponsor who shares our vision."

Austin started racing go-karts in 1998, earning more than 60 feature wins and 150 heat-race victories before progressing to micro sprint cars in 2001. After 16 victories in less than two seasons, the Eudora, Kan., native jumped to full-size sprint cars before trying his hand at late models on dirt and pavement. Austin has scored more than 100 feature
wins at various levels -- go-karts, sprint cars and stock cars since 1998.

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