July 19, 2011. Calgary, AlbertaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Jarrad Whissell and the #44 SMS Equipment/Komatsu Ford team will begin a new chapter in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series this weekend at Motoplex Speedway near Vernon, BC. After competing in fifteen road course events in the series, Whissell will make his first ever start on an oval track in a full sized stock car.
The bold move by Whissell and the #44 SMS Equipment/Komatsu Ford team has been in the works for months. Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re excited about itÃ¢â‚¬Â said Whissell. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We purchased an oval car earlier this year and Bill Burns has been getting it ready for us. We wanted to be able to race in front of our western fans and with no road courses in the west this year, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what we had to doÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
The #44 SMS Equipment/Komatsu Ford team has battled mechanical issues in their first couple of outings this year but hopes to have put those issues behind them. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We had a locker fail in Toronto and also struggled with the brakesÃ¢â‚¬Â said Whissell. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re looking at this as a fresh start for usÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
The beautiful half-mile Motoplex Speedway track just outside Vernon, BC is a fun and fast race track for drivers. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Goal number one is to finish the race and get as much experience as possibleÃ¢â‚¬Â said Whissell. Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re also scheduled to run the event in Saskatoon four days later so itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be important to stay out of troubleÃ¢â‚¬Â he stated.
Whissell and the #44 SMS Equipment/Komatsu Ford team will have plenty of supporters in the stands rooting them on in Saskatoon next week. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Husky Energy will be coming on board for us in Saskatoon and theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got a large group coming to the race and so does SMS EquipmentÃ¢â‚¬Â he stated.
Whissell is once again racing this season for a good cause. This season half of the prize money Whissell collects from his race events is donated to charity, this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cause is the Racing for Kids program which benefits the ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Miracle Network. Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve raised just under $2,000 so farÃ¢â‚¬Â said the driver. Ã¢â‚¬Å“And weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had fans wanting to get involved too which is great. They can make a donation by going to the website www.helpmakemiracles.ca and clicking on the racing for kids link. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been getting such tremendous support from all of our sponsors for this program and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re happy that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s working out so well for this great causeÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
This season Jarrad Whissell will participate in four NASCAR Canadian Tire Series road course events at Mosport Raceway, the Toronto Indy, Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres and the Montreal Nationwide weekend. In addition he will also take part in the two western Canada stops at Motoplex Speedway near Vernon, BC & Auto Clearing Speedway in Saskatoon, SK. Follow the progress of the team and help support the ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Miracle Network through the team website www.jarradwhissell.com and race fans are invited to follow him on twitter, @jarradwhissell You can watch all of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races again this year on TSN.