VanDoorn Looks to Carry Momentum into 2008
Last Year's Top CRA Rookie is On a Roll
The last time Coopersville, Michigan teen Johnny VanDoorn was at a racetrack, he was celebrating winning the Adam Petty Memorial All American 400 with his HS Motorsports team at the Music City Motorplex in Nashville. He hopes to visit victory lane again when the CRA Super Series opens the 2008 season with the All American 150 in Nashville on March 29.
"I can't wait to get back to racing at Nashville," remarked VanDoorn. "I have been itching to get back to racing since we left Nashville. It's been a long winter but the time has gone fast with all of the work we have been doing at the shop."
For 2008, VanDoorn and his Tim Steele led HS Motorsports team will once again chase points in the CRA Super Series as well as run selected outlaw late model races throughout Michigan. VanDoorn will pilot a brand new Port City Chassis with power from McGunegill Engine Performance in the CRA Super Series; a combination that took VanDoorn to the Rookie Of The Year and runner up in points in 2007.
"We were all really pleased with how we finished 2007. The whole team really began to click towards the end of the year. In our last fives races, our worst finish was second and we had two wins in those five races; one at Dixie in the outlaw late model and the other at Nashville. It took a few weeks for us to get on the same page and really click, but once we did, everyone knew it. To say I'm excited about 2008 would be a huge understatement" VanDoorn added.
Tim Steele, President of HS Motorsports team is also excited about 2008. "Johnny and I know what each other are saying now when we talk about the chassis. We have built the trust in each other needed to race at this level; the results in the second half of the year prove that. We will be running the CRA deal again and some outlaw late model races too. So far, we will be able to make all of the Dixie Cup races at Dixie Motor Speedway, and last year we won two of the three Dixie races we entered, so we are excited about that as well."
Steele was the 1993, ’96 & ‘97 ARCA RE/MAX Series driving champion. He is the all-time ARCA RE/MAX Series Super Speedway winner with 24 victories at Atlanta, Kentucky, Lowe’s, MIS, Pocono and Talladega. He is tied with nine-time series Champion Frank Kimmel in all-time series Super Speedway poles with 18 and second to Kimmel on the all-time Super Speedway lap leader list with 2,316 laps-led in 50 races. Steele has 41 total ARCA wins in 145 career starts since '92. After a hard practice crash in May of 2007 in an outlaw late model at Toledo Speedway, Steele decided to retire as a racecar driver and became a full-time car owner, eventually buying the VanDoorn CRA team in July, bringing in the talented VanDoorn to be the driver for HS Motorsports.
In 2007, VanDoorn’s young racing career really took off. He started the season driving the family owned #121 car in the CRA Super Series, vying for Rookie of The Year honors and his family owned black outlaw late model with #71 as the number. Johnny finished 23rd and 11th in his first two CRA races. Then he won his first outlaw late model feature on May 12th. The following week was when Steele called offering his #16 HS Motorsports ride. Johnny and Steele combined to win five races in 2007 including the prestigious Adam Petty Memorial All American 400 in Nashville. VanDoorn went on to finish second in CRA Super Series points and was the run away winner of the series Rookie of The Year title.
VanDoorn's #16 Super Late Model