GRACIE TROTTER WRAPS UP STRONG LEGENDS “WINTERNATIONALS” WEEK
Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
16 year-old standout excels against toughest field yet
Feb. 18, 2018
Denver, NC (For Immediate Release):
16 year-old racer Gracie Trotter of Denver, North Carolina, put together a strong week behind the wheel in Florida, kicking off her 2018 season with a stout performance in the US Legends Cars “Winternationals” Series. Trotter, one of the nation’s best young Legends pilots, finished 9th in Semi-Pro points in the five-race event, held at Citrus County Speedway in Inverness, FL.
“I learned a lot this past week. It was the best I’ve ever raced, even though I didn’t win. I had to fight a tough field of 38 cars each night. The top 15 were within a tenth of a second of each other every night,” said the high schooler, who is now part of Toyota Racing Development’s driver development program.
Legends cars are one of racing’s best and most challenging divisions. They’ve helped NASCAR stars like Kyle Busch and Timothy Peters, among many others, prep for the big leagues of racing. Gracie hopes to follow in their tire tracks in years to come.
Gracie, who has also excelled racing go karts for several years, is preparing to move up to Super Late Model racing full-time in 2018, in her Calico Coatings/TRD Toyota Camry. She’ll make nearly 20 starts in PASS and CARS Tour Super Late Model events this season. And she’s got one crucial victory to her credit already: Gracie’s become part of Toyota’s driver development program, the first step in grooming Trotter for a shot at racing’s highest level.
No matter the outcome, the young racer knows seat time is key, and she got plenty of that this past week at Citrus County Speedway. “It’s my favorite track, my style of track. It’s smooth, with plenty of banking, and since it’s 3/8 of a mile, it’s bigger than what I’m used to in Legends racing. I was fast there last year too. I felt plenty confident going in.”
Trotter looked to be off to a great Winternationals start on Monday night, qualifying 8th and racing her way up to 5th, before getting caught up in another competitor’s wreck. She recovered to post four top-12 finishes the rest of the week, with a best of 6th in the finale. All of that was good enough for 9th in points in the Winternationals week of racing.
Gracie is looking ahead to her full-time Super Late Model debut, now slated for the PASS South event at Caraway Speedway in North Carolina March 11th. She plans to apply all the lessons learned at the Winternationals, and at all the other go kart and Legends races she’s run the past several years. “We didn’t get a win in Florida, but I feel great about the week. Passing is very tough in Legends racing, but last week I was able to make better passes than ever. Now I’m ready to build on our Winternationals success in our Super Late Model.”
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