for the West series,” Warn explained. “My hope is that we are competitive and can win races creating an opportunity one or both of our drivers to move up the NASCAR ranks.”
Putting together a team to run competitively on the West series is a daunting task, let alone fielding a two-car effort. Helping to ease the transition is long-time crew chief and respected car builder Chuck Carruthers. Carruthers will oversee the maintenance of both cars and call signals on race day for the younger Warn. “We owe a lot to both Chuck and Jeff,” Warn offered. “We would not have been able to get to where we are at today without Chuck’s leadership. From equipment gathering to finding the guys to serve on the team, both have been a great mentor and coach for Jim as he learns and adapts to stock car racing.”
While Jim Warn is relatively new to stock car racing his does have experience behind the wheel. Warn (Jim) started racing at age 15 piloting various road racing vehicles but soon he looked for new challenges. In 2004 Warn tried his hand at winged sprint cars, but that choice proved an unpopular one for his family. “My mom was a little freaked out by sprint cars,” Warn recalls. “We decided that stock cars may be the way to go.”
Warn joined the stock car ranks in 2005 racing in the Super Stock class at South Sound Speedway located outside Rochester, Washington where he adapted quickly to the full-bodied machines and earned Rookie-of-the-Year honors that season. He continued racing in the Late Model division in 2006 under the guidance of Jeff Jefferson and then moved to the ARCA West series for 2007.
“We had fun this past season with the ARCA West but we are really looking forward to the challenge of competing against the best competition on the West coast,” Warn said. “I am really looking forward to the different tracks, pit stops, and longer races. I feel that the bigger tracks suit my driving style, but qualifying at he beginning of the season will be my biggest challenge.”
Jim Warn is the business manager for Gran Prix Imports, a business specializing in exotic cars
like Lamborghini, Spyker, and Panoz. The company also services Bentley, Porches, and BMW.
Warn is a 2006 graduate of Washington State University with a degree and Business
The 2008 Grand National West Series season is set to kick off at All-American Speedway in
Roseville, CA in late March. All-American is a wide quarter-mile banked oval that will test the
most seasoned driver. While Warn will be focused on ensuring he qualifies for the race, Jeff
Jefferson is excited about his full-time return to the West series. “I am very thankful to Mike
(Warn) and his family for this opportunity,” Jefferson said.
Jefferson is no stranger to the West series having competed in 24 previous events where he
has scored one win, two pole awards, and 12 top ten finishes. He finished 13th in the final 2000
point standings after competing in eleven of twelve races that season. Jefferson’s lone West
series win came at the old Portland Speedway in the final asphalt race staged at the historic
The off-season typically leaves drivers and teams a chance to relax and reflect about the past
year, but this “off” season leaves little time for relaxation for Jefferson. The MJ2 Racing team
recently purchased six Busch Series cars from Kevin Harvick and went right to work preparing
them to do battle on the West series. “All the cars have been prepped and painted,” Jefferson
said. “All we have to do is just fit the seats and we are ready to start testing.”
“This has been a pretty exciting time,” Jefferson continued. “Mike (Warn) has put together a first
class operation and I am privileged to be able to drive his cars. I have had a lot of fun racing with
Jim this past season and I know he is going to do well in the series. Having a two-car team is
going to be a big benefit for both of us and I know we will be very competitive.”
Both Jefferson and the younger Warn have always wanted to race cars. Both are graduates of Washington State University, and both look forward to winning in the West series this next season. While both drivers are at different phases in their racing careers, both share a passion for competition and winning that has created a unique bond; a bond that will propel both to success in the West series.