Break Over For Edwards
August 4, 2005 | 12:15 P.M. EST
But he'll bounce back in a big way this weekend when the young driver does triple duty in Indianapolis.
He'll start the weekend behind-the-wheel of a USAC Silver Crown car on Thursday night at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Edwards goes back to IRP for Saturday night's Busch Series Kroger 200 before winding up the rush on Sunday with the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, his first career start at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"I'm really looking forward to racing at Indy," Edwards said in his as usual enthusiastic manner. "We had a great test there a few weeks ago and I'm feeling pretty good about our chances there this coming weekend. There's so much history at that track, it would certainly mean a lot to run well and win there."
Before his Brickyard baptism, Edwards will return to the scene of his past when he jumps back into a Silver Crown car. He spent several seasons piloting the open wheel machines and is looking forward to a return engagement.
"The Silver Crown Series has produced some of the greatest drivers and they have a really rich history." Edwards said. "When I was little I thought, 'man, those are neatest cars' then I had the opportunity to race them and it was awesome. To be able to drive for a team like R.E. Technologies is really neat. They definitely have what it takes to win races. I think their talent and equipment coupled with a Ford powered engine will make for a great combination at IRP. I'm really proud to be a part of this team.
"I'm excited about the future of the Silver Crown Series. I think the new car design and the new venues they will be racing at will really spark a new found interest in the series. It's really an exciting time because I think they are on the verge of exploding in popularity and exposure and I'm just grateful to be a part of that."
After Thursday, he'll bounce back and forth between IRP and the Brickyard, practicing and qualifying his Busch Series and NEXTEL Cup cars. But the demanding schedule doesn't seem to bother Edwards.
"Saturday will be a little busy flying back and forth between Indy and IRP but I'm looking forward to it and of course I'm really excited to get back into a Silver Crown car on Thursday," he said. "It's going to be a fun week and hopefully we can win some races and improve in the point standings even more. We're headed in the right direction; we just need to keep digging."
While racing at IRP will be familiar for Edwards with his previous starts at the 5/8-mile oval, the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway will present a challenge. Edwards has never competed at the Brickyard before and will have his rookie stripe in full view on Sunday.
"I'm really looking forward to racing at Indy," he said. "We had a great test there a few weeks ago and I'm feeling pretty good about our chances there this coming weekend. There's so much history at that track, it would certainly mean a lot to run well and win there."
And competing at possibly the most famous track in the world isn't lost on the young star.
"It's obviously one of the most prestigious races you could participate in," Edwards said. "To win it, I don't even know how big it would be. I think it would rank right there with a win at the Daytona 500. I know our guys would really enjoy it and it would mean a lot to everyone on the AAA team. For me, as a driver, it would just be the coolest thing in the world."