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Busy Racing Season Ahead For Michael Simko

CLARKSTON, Michigan (Friday, February 23, 2007) - - Auburn Racing officially announced today the addition of the ASA (American Speed Association) Late Model Challenge Series to their schedule this season with veteran racecar driver Michael Simko at the helm. They will also compete in the Northern division of the ASA Late Model Series. The team will commence with their first ASA event of the season when the series takes center stage on Saturday, March 3 from San Antonio Speedway in San Antonio, Texas. The team will continue to boast the Chevrolet bowtie while hoisting a brand new Howe chassis with in house master mechanic Jon Krueger supplying the organization‚€™s horsepower, a crate motor bought from General Motors (GM).

"I am really looking forward to joining the ASA Late Model Series for the 2007 season,‚€??? explained Simko. ‚€œAs of now we plan on running for the Challenge series championship as well as the North series title. Having run a very limited schedule in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, funding most obviously the main reason for such limitedness, it will be a lot of fun to finally be able to run for a championship in a well renown series.

Mound Steel & Supply, Howe Racing Enterprises and Diamond Pistons will back Simko‚€™s championship effort. The sponsorship of his program is all local backing which serves as an extra incentive for the rookie driver. ‚€œTo have local support is huge,‚€??? added Simko, who will continue to run a part time schedule in the ARCA RE/MAX Series this season. ‚€œMound Steel & Supply and Diamond Pistons have been very supportive in our new racing avenue. We‚€™ re glad to add Howe Racing Enterprises to our banner. Everyone is pumped up and ready to go.‚€???

He continued, ‚€œWe as a team were able to achieve considerable success in the ARCA RE/MAX Series against unlimited budgets of NASCAR driver development teams and hope to carry our success to a series that's more based on even playing ground, where it isn't all about the amount of money you spend on the biggest, 800 horsepower motor, or worrying about who bought the former Cup car that just won at MIS the weekend before. I'm really excited for the upcoming season. In addition to the full American Speed Association Late Model (ASALM) schedules, we‚€™ll have some fun with our outlaw super late model locally." Auburn Racing is still actively seeking additional sponsorship for their racing programs this season. Interested parties are urged to contact the team directly at 248.431.0111