Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Danica Patrick to Drive for Jon Henry Racing at Eldora's Prelude
by Dustin Jarrett, Jon Henry Racing
ADA, Ohio -- When Eldora Speedway announced that Danica Patrick would be racing in their Feed The Children Prelude to the Dream on Wednesday, June 6, many folks began asking which Dirt Late Model driver would be fielding a car for the popular female racer. The answer is 2011 Eldora Speedway Late Model Champion Jon Henry.
During the last several months, parties from Jon Henry Racing and Danica Patrick's team have been working diligently to get the deal in place. Patrick was looking for a top notch ride and Henry was looking for a popular driver. When an agreement was reached, both sides were excited about having Patrick race for charity in one of the country's premier Dirt Late Model events.
"What an awesome opportunity!" said Henry. "To have Danica drive my car at the Prelude is really special. My team and I are certainly looking forward to it and I know Danica is too."
ďI raced on dirt once before in a go-kart when I was young, but thatís about it. Itís going to be a challenge for sure, but I know Tony has offered to help in any way possible. Iím excited about it, but Iím also nervous,Ē Patrick said in an Eldora Speedway press release. ďItís a totally different style of racing, so Iím not sure what to expect. But, itís for a great cause with Feed The Children benefiting from the money raised this year, so Iím ready to give it a shot.Ē
Henry, a two-time Sunoco American Late Model Series Champion, last fielded a car in the Prelude to the Dream in 2010. The driver of his car that year was another worldwide motorsports star, Travis Pastrana. Pastrana finished 23rd in his dirt track debut, but stated the opportunity to race a Dirt Late Model was something he'd never forget.
For more information on Jon Henry, visit his website at www.jonhenryracing.com.
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