Sauter Ready For Double Duty
December 9, 2003 | 5:27 P.M. EST
Sauter will drive Richard Childress Racing's No. 30 AOL Chevrolet for the Nextel Cup events. Sauter is thrilled about the possibilities that lie ahead.
"It's not very often that anyone gets a chance to get behind the wheel of two awesome rides," said Sauter. "Both of these teams have top notch equipment and are championship caliber organizations. Both RCR and Brewco have what it takes to win a lot of races. I think that we're completely capable of winning the Busch Series Championship, and taking home Rookie of the Year in (Nextel) Cup. I can't wait for next season to start."
Johnny will race fulltime in each Series during his 2004 campaign. Although pulling a season long double-duty is an exhausting challenge, it's a task that Sauter is up for.
"No doubt, running the double-duty is going to be tough, but it's a lot easier when you're successful, and I think that we're going to do well in both Series," said Sauter. "When I have a car that I know is going to run great in the race, all I can think about is hopping in the seat and going racing. I don't care how many laps I have to run in a day, or how long the weekend seems. If I have a car that is going to be competitive, I want to race in it. Both teams that I'll be racing with field such awesome cars, so I'll be anxious to compete in both Series'
Todd Wilkerson, general manager for BREWCO, has high expectations for next season.
"Johnny obviously has a great relationship established with RCR," said Wilkerson. He's already gelled with their organization and I think that it will be big help to our team. If he's running well on the (Nextel) Cup side, that can only benefit our program, and vice-versa. I think us and RCR will have a lot that we can contribute to each other. That should speed both of us up on the track. Johnny's going to get a lot more seat time next year and a lot more experience by doing the double-duty. That will definitely help shorten his learning curve. I expect to see him do well in both cars next season."
Sauter's endeavors will give BREWCO and RCR an opportunity to share race day information between the two teams, an opportunity that Sauter is confident can only help both organizations.
"Both teams are committed to helping each other, said Sauter. "I think both teams will only be able to benefit from it. Each organization is great all by itself, but when the two of them start helping each other out with race information, watch out!"