Phil Parsons Racing Making Forward Progress with Program

Phil Parsons Racing Making Forward Progress with Program

by February 12, 2015 0 comments

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Multiple offseason improvements made to the Phil Parsons Racing organization has the single-car operation looking up with its racing program ahead of the 2015 season.

The team that provides No. 98 cars for driver Josh Wise finished 37th in the owners standings last season after making 35 of 36 starts with a best finish of 20th coming at Talladega in May.

If there were two words that may have best described the team’s efforts last season, they’d be ‘treading water.’

“Our big deal last year was we kind of just started behind,” Wise said. “We had two cars for the whole season. We were just always digging out of a hole and it was really miraculous some weeks that my guys were even able to get us to the track and get our cars turned around and get us there. It’s a testament to how hard my team works.

“This winter, that was our deal, it was like ‘We’ve got be prepared, we’ve got to have cars ready, we’ve got to work on our aerodynamics.’

Over the course of the near three month offseason, the Phil Parsons Racing crew put their noses to the grindstone to revamp its racing program ahead of the 2015 campaign and the package that they have put together appears to be quite promising.

Fielding both Chevrolets and Fords for Wise and utilizing engines from Pro Motor Engines in 2014, the team has elected to run strictly Fords this season and will now receive engines from Roush Yates Engines.

Also new for the team this season will be a dedicated pit crew. Last season, the No. 98 car was serviced on pit road by the team’s mechanics.

These changes should help provide the team an advantage ahead of qualifying for the Daytona 500 and ahead of the Budweiser Duels that will set the final grid for the race.

With a large grid of 50 drivers entered for the 500, the driver of the No. 98 Phoenix Construction Ford says that he is feeling the pressure of making the race with three days to go until qualifying for the ‘Great American Race.’ But, if he and the No. 98 crew can minimize their potential mistakes and execute their gameplan, they’ll be sitting in a pretty spot and transfer into the 500.

“There’s a lot of pressure for us to get into the race,” Wise stated. “There’s a lot of pressure because it just sets up your whole season – and it’s Daytona, you want to make this race, you want to start the season off on that right foot and get in this race.

“It’s no mystery that the superspeedways are a more level playing field than we see all season too. You want to start the season off and you want to win this race. It’s really important for the small teams and the big teams, I think, equally.

“I think the 50 cars brings a lot of extra pressure just from an execution standpoint. I think we just can’t make any mistakes, we’ve got to execute, practice, and get our car drafting right and get some speed in it and put it together in qualifying and the Duels.”

Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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