Gracie Trotter prepares for Old Glory 125 at Concord Speedway

Monday, May 21st, 2018


Gracie Trotter prepares for Old Glory 125 at Concord Speedway

–16-year-old driver Gracie Trotter to sign autographs, appear on FOX46 during Speed Week–

(Denver, NC) May 21, 2018: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

It’s a huge week for rising young Super Late Model driver Gracie Trotter, which is appropriate.   That’s because this is the biggest week for motorsports in Charlotte, North Carolina, this year or any year.   Gracie is preparing for her next race, a PASS South Tour appearance at Concord (NC) Speedway north of Charlotte on May 25 in the Old Glory 125, and she has several opportunities to meet fans in the week leading up to that race.

Leading up to the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Cup Series race on May 27, “Speed Street” is the annual festival held the week prior, full of concerts, food, beverages, and driver appearances.  Gracie is thrilled to be one of the drivers who’ll be appearing on May 24, from 1-2:00 pm, to sign autographs and meet her growing fan base.  She’ll be joining familiar names like Ernie Irvan and son Jared Irvan; active Naval Officer and ARCA/NASCAR K&N driver Jesse Iwuji; NASCAR Xfinity driver Cole Custer; and fellow PASS drivers Matthew Craig and Kodie Connor. “I’m really looking forward to Speed Street and meeting all the race fans. It’s always cool talking with them,” says Gracie. Come see her at the Circle K Autograph Zone, located on Tryon Street between 3rd Street and MLK Jr Boulevard.

The following morning, Gracie has been invited to be a guest on FOX46’s “Good Day Charlotte,” where she’ll talk about her current Toyota Racing Development ride and her first season in PASS South competition.  Gracie will also preview that night’s Old Glory 125, her first Super Late Model race at the ½ mile oval of Concord Speedway. “I’m feeling pretty good going in,” said Gracie. “It’s going to be a good race with a lot of good cars and a lot of pressure on me…I know I just need to keep my cool and do my thing.”

Gracie will be racing in what’s essentially a brand-new car, with plenty of power under the hood….600 horses worth of power, to be precise.  As crew chief Bond Suss explains, “This is the first race for her with a true Super Late Model engine.  We will be running a  “Southern Super Parts Engine” (SSPE) built by Automotive Specialists of Concord.  With the engine change we decided to completely rebuild the car.  The engine, clutch and transmission are all brand new….all the hubs and brakes were rebuilt, and the rear end and rear differential (were) completely serviced and redone by Buzze Racing in Mooresville.”

To prepare his young driver for the challenging Concord track that she’ll be running for the first time, Suss has been using a mix of traditional methods, and some new ideas.   “I have been having her studying past races and videos.  We have also been working with her on IRacing as they have Concord on the sim system,” he revealed.

They also spent a productive day of testing at the track on May 15, with both Gracie and her mentor Brandon Setzer spending time behind the wheel. “We were able to get some laps on the car and engine to make sure everything was perfect from all the work we did the past 3 weeks,” said Suss.  “Brandon is a veteran driver and offers us the ability to see how fast the car is (compared to Gracie’s laps) and also compare her feedback to his… this really helps speed up her learning curve.   Brandon’s first laps in the car were very fast comparable to previous years’ pole speeds.  Gracie then got in the car, and she actually got up to speed fairly quick and was running times within .10-.20 of Brandon.” The team ran a total of about 150 laps that day, with Gracie completing about 115 of those.

All of this training will be put to the test Friday night at 7 PM when the green flag waves at Concord.  The goal, as always, will be to run all the laps and finish on the lead lap. Gracie is certainly up for the challenge, saying “(I) can’t wait to race this place…if you’re around, be sure to come…it’s going to be a great race!”

Old Glory 125 schedule:

Speed Street appearance schedule:

Map of Speed Street:


For media information and marketing opportunities, contact:
Tracy Trotter 704-506-9531
[email protected]

Rick Benjamin 704-998-8945
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Kelly Lundgren 612-385-4814
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Follow Gracie:
Twitter: @RacerGracie
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