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Steven Federico in the other hand hasn't had much luck this year and sits uncharacteristically back in the standings.PRO-Lite - #24 Steven Federico & #23 Lee O'Donnell Steven Federico and his #24 PF Changs Invisible Glass Sticker Dude Designs Goodyear Tires Toyota Tacoma started way out in fifteenth place on the starting grid.This could have made Steven somewhat apprehensive at the start, but instead used it to his advantage.Steven told his spotter if the lead trucks going into Turn One left the inside open let me know and take a gamble on the inside line.Steven's teammate Lee O' Donnell and his #23 PF Changs Invisible Glass Sticker Dude Designs Goodyear Tires Nissan Frontier lined up in the third spot hoping the other trucks around him would not overdrive into the tightest start on the CORR circuit.Steven took that opportunity to dive to the slicker inside of the turn.As the field headed past the start/finish line, Steven was in seventh place one spot behind teammate Lee. By lap 3 Steven has moved into third place with #99 LeDuc right on his bumper.Halfway through the race #8 Schmidt got around Lee for sixth while Steven held on to the third position.On lap 7 LeDuc grabbed the third spot from Steve and Lee fought with #77 Vandenhuvel for seventh. At the checkered flag #24 Steven Federico came home in fourth place and #23 Lee O'Donnell in eighth place. "With over twenty trucks in the field, the start is becoming more and more important," stated Federico.On lap 5 Steven came over the hill, down the pit straightaway, got inside of Lee going into the Cemetery Turn and made a clean pass for sixth place. On lap 8 Steven tried the same move on #55 Huseman, but looped the truck putting Lee back into sixth place and the #24 in seventh. At the flag #23 Lee O'Donnell came home in sixth place and teammate #24 Steven Federico settled for the seventh spot."It was cool to race with your teammate," commented Federico.
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Once again Steven Federico, in an effort to maximize the exposure for the team's sponsors, co-hosted the live remote 97.1 FM "morning drive" radio show.After a quick practice session Friday afternoon, Lee, Luke, and Steven were ready for the Bark River Lions Club UP OFF-Road 100 presented by Chip In's Island Resort & Casino and BOSS Snowplow.Steven Federico - PRO-LiteSteven Federico and his #24 PF Changs Invisible Glass Sticker Dude Designs Goodyear Tires Toyota Tacoma lined up sixteenth out of twenty-four, for the staggered landrush start.For this starting point the concrete wall on the outside of Turn One starred Steven right in the face.After his incident in Chula Vista, Steve wanted nothing to do with anything made of concrete, especially a wall.The green flag dropped and Steven found himself doing a little "rubbing" with his teammate Lee O'Donnell.By the third lap, Steven was in 5th place.Then the rain came and visibility became a major issue.Steven had loaded his helmet visor with 28 Racing Optics tearoffs and was ready for the rain.Unfortunately when Steven grabbed for a tearoff, the hardware on the shield fell apart and all the tearoffs disappeared.Now all Steven could do would be to race with his shield up and use his arm to try to deflect whatever came at him.During this mayhem, Steve lost a few positions.The last few laps was a race against Mother Nature more than his fellow competitors.At the finish, Steven came home in seventh place.As Steven reached the corner, #30 Mark Oberg smashed into and over the front end of Steven's #23 Toyota Tacoma.As Steven reached the corner, #30 Mark Oberg smashed into and over the front end of Steven's #23 Toyota Tacoma.This relegated Steven to stop in the pit for a fresh tire.Quickly A.J. and the crew replaced the tire and continued on.The stop put Steven a lap down, a lap that he couldn't make back.Looking to salvage any amount of points, Steven kept charging.At the finish he was credited with a fourteenth place finish."This weekend just wasn't ours to have.The shield problems on Saturday, and then the wild start on Sunday, I be glad just to have an easy trip back home.AJ and crew really did their best to get me back out after the flat.It was the first time we ever had a puncture since coming to the Pro-Lite division.The Goodyear tires with their triple wall technology are awesome, I wouldn't go racing with any other brand."- commented Steven Federico.Currently Steven Federico is twelfth in points with ten rounds of racing to go.Next Race for the #23 & #24 - July 22-23 - Chula Vista, CALuke, Lee, and Steve would like to thank all their supporters including: The Sticker Dude, P.F Changs, Invisible Glass, Goodyear Tires, Mechanix Wear, Toyota, Nissan, American Racing, Racing Optics, and Phil's Inc.
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Steven Federico One of the more gregarious personalities on the racing scene today, Steven Federico is quickly carving out a niche for himself as a competitor to be reckoned with.Steven moved up to the PRO LITE truck division and by season's end, had managed to place himself and the team in the 'TOP THREE' in the overall points championship!Along the way he garnered honors as the CORR PRO LITE 'ROOKIE OF THE YEAR', sponsored by Kumho Tire!Well spoken... with a quick wit and keen sense of humor, he's the darling of the ESPN crowd of network interviewers covering any given race.To the delight of his supporters, his prodigious win record ensures they'll keep coming back for more.The quantity of ‘On Air' time afforded him, along with the extended period television cameras are aimed squarely at his truck, makes him the envy of every other track competitor and a favorite among his sponsors.Even ‘Kramer', Steven's ever present sidekick (who just happens to be a black Lab), has practically been adopted as the official CORR mascot!Being a member of a growing breed of owner/drivers, his machinery is turned out with a devotion to detail usually found only in corporate sponsored teams with ‘hired guns' at the wheel.The truck always looks spectacular on the race course and technically ... we'll let his championship record speak for the vehicle's engineering.As a bachelor hailing from Wilmette, Illinois, he leads a relatively quite life.Gone are the weekends filled with Grateful Dead concerts, parties and just relaxing, sharing a beer or three with friends.These days you'll find him and his crew busy working on the truck through the week, anxiously awaiting the race weekend.Look up the word 'DEDICATION' in the Webster's and we wouldn't be surprised if you find a photo of Steven ...
As the Single Buggy group were lining up for the start, Steven Federico, Luke's spotter, had Dave, the track announcer patched into Luke's radio frequency and interviewed the "Sticker Dude" so all at the track could find out what goes through a driver's mind just before the start of one of the biggest races of the year. My spotter, Steven Federico was a great help with the traffic and keeping me focused."-commented Luke Zoetmulder.Steven Federico Saturday - CORR Round 3 Quickly Team Sticker Dude drivers Steven Federico and Lee O'Donnell added another stack of Racing Optics tear offs to their helmets. Steven Federico and his #24 PF Changs, Invisible Glass, Stick Dude Designs Toyota Tacoma Pro-Lite had a second row starting position due to his performance in Chula Vista.As the field came out of the finish line corner, Steven was mid pack in 10th place.Heading into the switchback, Steven made a great pass on the switch, but caught rut on the back sending Steven into a violent roll.Destroying the entire PF Changs Invisible Glass fiberglass bod..Somehow Steven shook the cobbwebs out of his head, refired the truck and continued on with the race.The truck with all its body panels gone still ran a strong race.Unfortunately, the entire field of 24 trucks was well in front of him.At the finish Steven was credited with 19th place. Steven Federico Again Steven had a second row starting position.Once again Steven knew he has to pass as many trucks as possible by Turn One to have a chance at a Top 5 finish.When the green flag dropped, Steven charged by several competitors and held the twelfth spot as the fielded went through BorgWarner Turn Two.Right behind Steven was rookie #77 Dan Vandenhuvel Jr.Steven kept the pedal to the metal and gradually picked of several competitors as the laps came to a close.The entire time Vandenhuvel kept pace with Steven, but unable to get close enough to make a clean pass.This seemed to wear on the #77 as race officials warned him of his over aggressive driving.As Steven Federico and his #24 PF Changs, Invisible Glass, Stick Dude Designs Toyota Tacoma came across the finish line in 6th place; Vandenhuvel gave Steven's truck a hit in the right rear, spinning Steven's truck.As Steven Federico and his #24 PF Changs, Invisible Glass, Stick Dude Designs Toyota Tacoma came across the finish line in 6th place; Vandenhuvel gave Steven's truck a hit in the right rear, spinning Steven's truck.Afterwards Steven commented about his weekend."Starting in the second row with such a large field of trucks is a real challenge.My aggressiveness on Saturday really could have been a real setback.My Crew Chief A.J. along with Charlie, and Henry really put in some long hours to get the truck ready for Sunday.We were able to get a top10 out of Sunday, and after all we have been through this year, that's an accomplishment." Currently Steven Federico sits 16th place out 30 drivers in the 2006 Lucas Oil CORR Pro-Lite Championship.
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FEDERICO, O'DONNELL, & ZOETMULDER COME TOGETHER TO FORMIt's official; CORR competitors, Steven Federico, Lee O'Donnell, and Luke Zoetmulder have joined forces to become Team Sticker Dude."Getting the three of us under one umbrella allows us to pool our resources together and it will ultimately improve our results at the track, as well as maximize our exposure for our marketing partners," comments Steven Federico.You see multi-car teams in other forms of racing like NASCAR, we want to emulate that type of team," states Federico.Steven Federico - Pro Lite #24.Steven is a veteran CORR competitor.Some of his accomplishments include a Single Buggy championship in 1999.Since 2000 he has competed in the Pro-Lite Division consistently finishing in the top 5.In 2005 Steven was leading the championship at the halfway point before some bad luck struck.Still the team finished the season in 3rd place.Steven is also known as the "John Force" (for his constant acknowledgement and "IN YOUR FACE "attitude in which he promotes his sponsors) of Championship Off-Road Racing.Lee, like Steven, is a seasoned CORR competitor.