NASCAR-WCUP: #77 to be a T-Bird at Daytona
1 July 1998
June 30, 1998 -- (Mooresville, NC) -- The #77 Jasper Engines Ford will not
a Taurus this week but rather a familiar site, the Ford Thunderbird. The
made the decision after extensive tests in the wind tunnel at Langley Air
Force Base on June 3 and 4. We also tested at the Daytona International
Speedway on June 8, 9 and 10. Crew Chief Michael McSwaim explained it as
simply "Lack of development."
"This is the first time that we have built a Taurus for the superspeedway"
said car owner and chief engineer Mark Harrah. "Although we are making
and receiving some valuable information in the wind tunnel and testing in
last thirty days, we simply have no other choice right now but to use the
Bird." We really need to get up to speed on the Taurus." "If we make the
necessary strides we will use one at Talladega in October."
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