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French race car driver Michel Disdier who left the road race courses of Europe to pursue his dream of racing stock cars and making a splash in the US has had an interesting 2009. Disdier has run select races in the ARCA RE/MAX series and with finishes in every race he entered, his performance has been impressive.
The Bowsher Motorsports Ford will display the TOTAL (racing) logo this weekend as the 2009 ARCA season comes to a close at Rockingham Speedway for the ARCA RE/MAX 200 in Rockingham, NC.

“Total Lubricants has the ambition to be the most reliable lubricants brand in the world and my ambition is to excel as a driver and be triumphant on the racetrack” said Disdier. “We are hopeful that 2010 will be a great year on the track and while talks are currently on hold with Total Lubricants USA, we are very excited about the possibility of working with such a great organization,” stated team manager, David Rose.

“It truly would make for a natural relationship” said Disdier referring to the fact that both Driver and Sponsor share the same values (that of confidence, caring, daring and power); both originate from France; and both have made a commitment to growth, development and success in the United States.

For more information on Michel Disdier or Total Lubricants USA please visit http://www.michel-disdier.com or http://www.total-us.com.

Michel DisdierMichel Disdier returned to Toledo Speedway with an impressive top-15 finish Friday night. ARCA’s hometown short track was the site for the ARCA 200 presented by Federated and Belle Tire.

The Nice, France native has a high comfort level for this track and was very excited about returning here for a solid run. “Toledo Speedway is probably one of my favorite tracks to race on,” said Disdier. “I feel very comfortable on this track. I have high expectations at Toledo. I also love all the contact that you have with the fans. It’s great seeing all the same fans coming back.”

After a successful top-20 race at Toledo in May, hopes were high for a great finish and exciting race. Disdier’s qualifying lap of 16.688 seconds put the No. 21 18th on the starting grid. He made his qualifying attempt in a Ford fielded by the long-time ARCA RE/MAX Series team Bowsher Motorsports.

With short track racing comes excitement, skilled driving and of course cautions. The ARCA 200 presented by Federated and Belle Tire on Friday night September 4th was no exception! The yellow flag dropped for the first of many times on lap 19. The decision was made to keep the Bowsher Motorsports machine on the track for the first couple cautions.

The yellow was displayed once again on lap 50 and this time the No. 21 Ford took advantage and rolled down pit road. The Bowsher Motorsports team made a routine pit stop for tires, fuel and minor adjustment. He was back on the track and determined to gain track position.

Disdier headed down pit road for another routine stop on lap 89. After fresh tires and a tank full of gas, he was off to join the field for more excitement packed short track racing! Powered by a Rhyne Racing engine, Disdier started making his way toward the front of the field. After another quick caution on lap 101, Disdier restarted 11th and continued to charge his way to the front of the pack. The No. 21 Bowsher Motorsports Ford did not move out of the top 15 from that point to the checkered.

Battling for position and successfully avoiding wrecks, Disdier took the checkered flag in the 15th position on the lead lap.

“This is just what we needed,” stated Disdier after the race. “We deserved this race! We stayed in the top 15 almost the entire race, we had great pit stops and we came home with a clean race car. We are in line with what we want to do. I am surrounded by good people who believe in me. I am very excited for the future!”

The next event for Michel Disdier and the Bowsher Motorsports team will be the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic at Salem Speedway Saturday September 19.

For more information on Bowsher Motorsports, please visit toddbowsher.com.

For more information on Michel Disdier, please visit michel-disdier.com.

In a race plagued by cautions, Frenchman Michel Disdier was able to keep maneuvering his No. 21 Bowsher Motorsports Ford through unfamiliar territory at the Berlin Raceway to survive over 200 laps for a 16th place finish.

“I feel very comfortable when racing on the short tracks,” said Disdier. “I always have high expectations at the short tracks. At these tracks, you use similar driving styles to what I am used to.”

Disdier would be treading in unfamiliar waters at Berlin Raceway. With a short hour and an half practice, he had to get the feel of this unique track in a hurry. Disdier learned fast that he would have to rely heavily on his Carbone Lorraine brakes in the turns. Taking this all into consideration, Disdier put his focus on making a solid qualifying run. Improving his practice time by almost .4 seconds, Disdier qualified in the 20th position in the Menards Pole presented by Ansell with a qualifying lap of 17.883 seconds at 88.173 miles per hour.

With the smell of rubber in the air and expectations high, the Wolverine Power Systems 200 presented by Generac took the green flag shortly after 8:30 p.m. Saturday night at the .4375 mile oval short track.

With several early cautions and smart driving, Disdier was able to avoid a few close calls and picked up a spot early. The Bowsher Motorsports No. 21 Ford chose to keep track position and stay on the track when the yellow dropped the first few times.

Disdier reported his racecar being a little tight, a trip down pit row is exactly what the No. 21 Ford needed at this point. A caution was just on the horizon, on lap 70 Disdier made his way down pit road for fuel, 2 tires and an adjustment. With the car handling a lot better, Disdier was off with his sights on the leader.

After a gas and go stop on lap 128, Disdier came down pit row once again on lap 152 for full service. After a flawless stop by the Bowsher Motorsports crew and fresh rubber, Disdier took the green in 14th position and was determined to gain positions.

During the last 20 laps of the race, Disdier managed to maneuver his machine into the 12th position. Disdier was fighting for position and trying to make his way towards the top ten. With less than five laps to the checkered flag, Disdier found himself caught up in an accident. After the disappointing caution, Disdier managed to hold onto the racecar for a 16th place finish under a green-white-checker finish.

“It was very disappointing to fight the whole race and gain positions to have it end like this,” said Disdier. Everything is still new to me and I am still learning. I will take this as a learning experience.”

The next event for Michel Disdier and the Bowsher Motorsports team will be the Toledo ARCA 200 at Toledo Speedway Friday, September 4.

For more information on Bowsher Motorsports, please visit toddbowsher.com.
For more information on Michel Disdier, please visit michel-disdier.com.

Michel DisdierMichel Disdier recorded a strong 19th place finish in the 11th race of the ARCA/REMAX Series schedule. The Kentucky Speedway was the site of the Click It or Ticket. Buckle-Up Kentucky 150 Saturday night.

The Nice, France native feels comfortable behind the wheel and with his team at Bowsher Motorsports. “Just a few months ago, I never imagined that the Bowsher Motorsports team and I would work together so well,” said Disdier. “We work so well together, they make me feel like family. The whole crew is really important to me and it makes me feel good to be around such a good group of people.”

Disdier always strives for improvement and that is exactly what he did Saturday. Disdier picked up almost a full second from his final practice on Friday to qualifying on Saturday. His qualifying lap of 31.679 seconds put the No. 21 22nd on the starting grid.

The yellow flag dropped early in the race on lap 4. After a couple more cautions, the Bowsher Motorsports crew prepared for a clean pit stop on lap 27. After receiving gas only, Disdier was off to try to gain track position. After recording his fastest time of the race on lap 33, Disdier maintained track position.

Just before the halfway point on lap 41, Disdier came down pit road for his final pit stop. With the car handling good and track position very important, crew chief Jim Sweeney called for a routine gas only stop.

After the last yellow flag dropped, Disdier recorded his second fastest lap on lap 80. Disdier took the checkered flag with a solid 19th place finish.

“We raced very smart and once again we ran in the top-20 the entire race,” said Todd Bowsher, team manager/spotter/mentor. “We had a great car and I think that shows with the second fastest time coming so late in the race at lap 80. We will use this experience and continue to move forward at Berlin this weekend.”

Michel Disdier continues on drawing attention to the sport of racing in France. “More and more people in France are becoming fans of NASCAR,” stated Disdier. “I am proud to be a part of this sport and I feel privileged to be a part of the growing interest in my country. I realize that I am getting an opportunity of a life time. I am not ready to stop here……this is where I belong!”

The next event for Michel Disdier and the Bowsher Motorsports team will be the Wolverine Power Systems 200 presented by Generac at Berlin Raceway Saturday, July 25.

For more information on Bowsher Motorsports, please visit toddbowsher.com.
For more information on Michel Disdier, please visit michel-disdier.com.