Wp Motorsports Unveils 2002 Team During Kentucky Test
WPmotorsports Inc., of Morganfield, Ky., unveiled its 2002 race team of drivers Damon Lusk and Bobby Norfleet during a test session today at Kentucky Speedway. Both drivers will compete in selected NASCAR Busch Series and ARCA RE/MAX Series events in 2002.
Norfleet will pilot a Chevrolet in both series. Car numbers and sponsors will be announced at a future date. He is one of three African Americans ever to compete in NASCAR and will become the fourth such driver to compete in the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2002. Norfleet completed five NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races in 2000 and looks forward to making a transition to stock cars.
"This will be a new opportunity for me to be in stock car racing with Wpmotorsports," Norfleet said. "I'm here to get comfortable with the car and get some laps under my belt. My goal is to be in the season-opening (ARCA RE/MAX Series) race at Daytona. It's a rapid learning curve."
The veteran Lusk was at Kentucky to help Norfleet's transition. "Bobby is just trying to get some seat time to get him tuned up to speedway racing. I'm trying to see if I can help him out a little bit by getting him a feel for a couple of different scenarios. We'll see if our base package is the same, and if it isn't, we'll try to make some minor adjustments."
Lusk will drive the car No. 22 Dynatek Chevrolet on the ARCA RE/MAX circuit and the No. 12 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Busch Series in 2002. During a limited 2001 season, Lusk entered five ARCA RE/MAX races and drove to two top-10 finishes. He also competed in his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race where he qualified 21st and finished 11th. In 2002, Lusk will compete for the ARCA RE/MAX Series Superspeedway Championship by running 14 events. He also will make limited NASCAR Busch Series appearances.
Lusk has made two starts at Kentucky Speedway, both in 2000. In July, he finished 17th in Kentucky's 150-mile event and bettered that performance with a 13th place finish in the Blue Grass Quality Meats 200. His career best in the ARCA RE/MAX is fourth in Atlanta in the same year.
Both drivers also will participate in the Wpmotorsports ONE-RACE AMERICA program in 2002. The inner city program seeks to bridge the gap between NASCAR and various underrepresented ethnic communities that are unfamiliar with motorsports.
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