October 20, 2011. Sun Peaks, British Columbia racer Jason White and the #21 A & W Dodge team had a season to remember in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. This year White forged a bold new partnership with Derek Lynch and the Kawartha Speedway Group and obtained powerful Dodge horsepower from DJK Racing and the results were all positive.
White made the changes to focus on his on track performance while allowing Lynch to lead the team as Crew Chief. And with the addition of more powerful motors White felt they would be a stronger team in 2011. Ã¢â‚¬Å“By defining roles and allowing me to concentrate on the driving I knew weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be better and the results were there right awayÃ¢â‚¬Â said White.
In the second race of the season White scored a top ten finish at the new Circuit ICAR in the #21 A & W Dodge and backed it up with another top ten at Delaware Speedway. Ã¢â‚¬Å“For us to get our first top ten at a new circuit was greatÃ¢â‚¬Â said the driver. Ã¢â‚¬Å“And then to back it up at Delaware, a track IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never finished higher than fifteenth at was a good sign early onÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
At the very challenging Mosport International Raceway road course White would score his best career finish with a spectacular sixth place result in the #21 A & W Dodge. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe itÃ¢â‚¬Â said White. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The car was running great, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d come together really well as a team and it was really satisfying to get that kind of finish on this trackÃ¢â‚¬Â he concluded.
In the middle of the season the #21 A & W Dodge team would some struggles. Mechanical difficulties and some tough racing luck wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t allow Jason to claim the finishes they were capable of. Ã¢â‚¬Å“After the western swing where we had some tough races Derek really stepped upÃ¢â‚¬Â explained White. Ã¢â‚¬Å“He told me that he needed more feedback about the car so that he could make changes to improve it and unless that happened we were going to struggleÃ¢â‚¬Â he stated.
At round eight of the 2011 series the #21 A & W Dodge team was back on their game under the toughest possible conditions. At the Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres for the first time ever a series race took the green flag in the rain. White used all of his skills to navigate through the extreme conditions and other competitors to score another top ten result.
The #21 A & W Dodge driver would receive a jolt of reality at round number ten in Barrie. White was clipped by another driver and crashed hard into the wall. Ã¢â‚¬Å“That was a big hitÃ¢â‚¬Â said White. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I found out after the other driver had a mechanical failure and just sent me into the wall. A hard hit but I was okayÃ¢â‚¬Â
Once again the #21 A & W Dodge team would have to dig deep to bounce back. Forced into a back-up car for the final race of the year White would again show his mettle and drive to a top ten finishing position, a strong effort to close out the season.
The result was a season of firsts for Jason White and the #21 A & W Dodge team. Five top ten finishes in a year, a sixth place result at Mosport for his best career finish in the series and an eighth place finish in the overall championship standings. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We definitely met all of our goals for the seasonÃ¢â‚¬Â said White. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Now we have even higher goals for 2012. We know there were a few races where we can improve and betterÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
Though the season has been over for only a month White is already anxious to get moving on next year. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m still so pumped up from our year and how this partnership came together I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t wait to get goingÃ¢â‚¬Â said an enthusiastic White. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have such a great partnership with A & W Canada, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m proud to represent them and help promote Cruising for a Cause and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m really excited about the futureÃ¢â‚¬Â he stated.
It was recently announced Jason White was voted the Most Popular Driver in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. White will be in Charlotte, NC to accept the award at the Night of Champions Awards Gala on Saturday evening.
For the latest off season news about Jason White and the #21 A & W team, check out the all new team website at www.jasonwhiteracing.com and be sure to follow Jason on twitter for the latest updates @racinjasonwhite The 2012 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is expected to be announced shortly. Get more information about the series at www.hometracks.nascar.com
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