AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Dallenbach Begins Comeback at Sears Point
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) _ Wally Dallenbach Jr., out of Winston Cup racing since leaving Petty Enterprises in August, will begin what he hopes is the first step back to a full-time ride on May 7 at Sears Point Raceway.
Dallenbach, a veteran road racer, will drive a Chevrolet Monte Carlo for fellow Colorado native Bill Strauser in the SaveMart Supermarkets 300 on the Sears Point road course.
``I am really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of a race car, especially at Sears Point,″ Dallenbach said. ``Bill has allowed me to have a lot of input into the car we will be running. And I believe it will be one of the best road racing cars I have ever had.″
Dallenbach, son of longtime Indy-car star and current IndyCar competition director Wally Dallenbach, finished seventh at Sonoma in 1993 while driving for Jack Roush and was fourth last year in one of Richard Petty’s Pontiacs.
He left the Petty team after a serious verbal disageement with crew chief Robbie Loomis during and after the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis last year, racing only once more before departing.
Strauser’s only previous Winston Cup race was the Brickyard event, in which Mike Chase, who won the 1994 Winston West championship for Strauser, started last and crashed out after just 91 laps, finishing 42nd.
Both Dallenbach and Strauser hope to continue their relationship beyond the Sonoma race.
``For sure, we plan to run Indianapolis (on Aug. 5),″ Strauser said. ``And we might run two or three others in the fall, or we might run as many as 10 to 12 if we can land a sponsor.″
Strauser says he plans to run the entire Winston Cup circuit in 1996 and is currently looking for a place to build a shop in North Carolina.
``In the past, we have always run a limited schedule our first year in a series as a learning process, and then run the full circuit the next year,″ he said. ``And that is basically what we are doing now with Winston Cup.″
End Adv for Thursday April 27