Stepp To Race In K&N Pro Series East
Teams With AB-1 Motorsports For 2012 Season
Duane Stepp, Jr., a former collegiate track and field athlete and experienced crew member and road racing driver, will race in 2012 for owner Doug Sevey and crew chief Aaron Brown of AB-1 Motorsports. Stepp will compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, driving a Roush Yates powered Ford Fusion.
Stepp, who currently resides in Greensboro, N.C., and is originally from Asheville, N.C., attended Carolina Day School and was a member of the men’s track and field team at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He was named to the Big South Conference All-Academic Team in 2009.
“I have to accredit a lot of my drive and determination to succeed from my high school background and collegiate track experience,” commented Stepp. “My teachers and coaches taught me skills that apply to the race track. I’ve been competing all my life and those experiences have made me very comfortable in the racing seat.”
Stepp accredits his interest in racing to his family growing up following it, and his grandfather, a former race car driver. Stepp has been racing for the past five years. He is an experienced crew member at a variety of levels ranging from SCCA GT-1 cars to Monster Trucks. After crewing, Stepp got his start racing at the grass roots level in autocross competitions, moving up to time attack and road racing events.
“I didn’t always have top notch equipment when I began racing, and that really helped me focus on learning how to drive the proper line and develop a great feel for a race car,“ said Stepp. “Those skills have directly translated over from road racing. I look forward to making the transition to stock car racing this year. I cannot wait to work with someone as skilled and experienced as my crew chief, Aaron Brown. I am confident that we will be a very successful team in the future.”
The car owner is Doug Sevey of Sevey Motorsports out of Waterloo, Iowa. The race team, AB-1 Motorsports is owned by Aaron Brown. Brown, a Pennsylvania native, has an extensive background in working with many North Carolina based NASCAR Sprint Cup teams. He has served as a crew member with the teams of Geoff Bodine, Rick Mast, and Jimmy Spencer. Most notably, Brown has worked on the speedway programs at Ray Evernham Motorsports and Dale Earnhardt Incorporated.
“I look forward to working with Duane this year and being very successful in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2012. We are working with some quality equipment and each week we expect to go out and try and compete for the win” said Brown.
Brown and Stepp are planning on making their K&N East debut at Greenville-Pickens Speedway on March 31st out of their shop in Catawba, N.C. Stepp will be eligible for Rookie of the Year honors. The team is still working on sponsorship for the 2012 season, and an announcement will be made over the coming weeks. Any companies or individuals interested in sponsorship are encouraged to contact AB-1 Motorsports at firstname.lastname@example.org. Fans can follow Stepp this year on Twitter @dtsteppjr.
About AB-1 Motorsports
AB-1 Motorsports was founded in 2007 and is owned by Aaron Brown. The team specializes in suspension, chassis and aero consulting and hands on fabrication of race cars. AB-1 Motorsports is also an AMA Daytona Sportbike racing, and race bike building and support, organization. AB-1 Motorsports is also a world record holder at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats with a NASCAR spec speedway car at just over 244 mph.