Sun Peaks, B.C. driver Jason White returned to the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, the track where he recorded his career-best finish last season, last weekend for the opening race of the 2012 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.
White and his crew had a rough start at Saturday’s practice when plug wires on the engine were crossed, causing the car to fall short of its potential power.
“It was definitely not the way we wanted to start out the weekend but the guys found the problem right away,” said White.
The team resolved the Dodge’s issue quickly and finished the practice at full strength. Later in the day White continued to show his strong form and qualified for the 13th starting position for Sunday’s race.
No. 21 had a strong and consistent outing at the 2012 NASCAR season opener, and the crew worked efficiently through pit stops. White ran his fastest lap with only five remaining in the race, highlighting the strength of both the team and the car.
White earned a solid 12th place finish, climbing one spot above his 13th place qualifying start.
“The team worked really hard and we had a great car,” White said after the race. “They executed great pit stops and we just had a really consistent day.”
White’s teammate DJ Kennington also highlighted the Dodge team, finished the Vortex Brake Pads 200 in 2nd place, narrowly edged out by J.R. Fitzpatrick.
“Big congratulations to DJ for a great run and to DJK Racing for preparing me such a good race car, I can’t wait to get back at it,” he said.
Jason White and the #21 Dodge team will compete in the entire 2012 NASCAR schedule that will take the team from coast to coast in Canada for the 12 events. Next on the schedule is another road course at Circuit ICAR in Mirabel, QC on June 3rd.
For the latest off season news about Jason White and the #21 Dodge team check out the team website at www.jasonwhiteracing.com and be sure to follow Jason on twitter for the latest updates @racinjasonwhite.
Photo: Todd Lewis