NASCAR Drive for Diversity Announces 2019 Driver Class

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Four Returning Drivers Among Six Selected to Compete for Rev Racing in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 6, 2018) Six drivers with hopes of reaching the highest levels of NASCAR® will compete for Rev Racing next season in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity® Driver Development Program, NASCAR announced today on its digital and social media platforms.

The 2019 class includes returning NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver Rubén García Jr., who is fresh off his second NASCAR Peak Mexico SeriesChampionship and finished third in points in the NASCAR K&N Pro East Series in 2018.

Ernie Francis Jr., who recently won his fifthconsecutive Trans-Am Series Championship, will join Chase Cabre and Nick Sanchez as the development program’s other returning drivers.

Gracie Trotter and Brooke Storer will each make their NASCAR Drive for Diversity debuts for Rev Racing in 2019.

This year’s class features six highlytalented drivers who each possess an impressive blend of skill and experience,” said Jusan Hamilton, NASCAR senior manager of racing operations and event management. “We’re thrilled to see these drivers develop throughout the 2019 season and enjoy success both on and off the race track.”

The six drivers were selected from among 12national and international drivers invited to participate in the two-day NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Combine at New Smyrna Speedway and Bethune-Cookman University in October.

Beginning in February, the drivers will compete forRev Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Eastand NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for one full season with mentoring and equipment provided by the race team.

We are energized by the opportunity to work with the members of this year’s class and foresee a very impactful year for Rev Racing,” said Max Siegel, CEO and Owner of Rev Racing. “NASCAR Drive for Diversity and Rev Racing are proud of the impact that we have had in the sport and we look forward to graduating the next generation of athletes to the national series.”

The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program aligns drivers with a team of executives, athletic directors, crew chiefs and mentors tasked with helping them achieve career successes, and thus improving their goal of reaching one of the three NASCAR national series.

Since it began fielding cars for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program in 2010, Rev Racing has been one of the most consistent teams in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, registering 19 wins, 88 top-five and 199 top-10 finishes with drivers finishing top-10 in points each season.

This year’s class will look to follow in the footsteps of program graduates and current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Kyle Larson, Daniel Suárez and Bubba Wallace.

NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program Class of 2019

Chase Cabre, 21, Tampa, Florida. Cabre will return to Rev Racing for his third season. In 2018, hecompeted in both the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, where he finished seventh in thechampionship standings. Cabre will againcompete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2019.

Ernie Francis Jr., 20, Southwest Ranches, Florida.In 2014, Francis Jr. became the youngest TransAm champion in series history. This past season, he captured his fifth consecutive series championship title. Francis will race a Late Model for Rev Racing and run in select events in the K&N Pro Series East.

Rubén García Jr., 23, México City, México. In 2015, García Jr. became the youngest driver towin the NASCAR Peak Mexico Series Championship, and this year, won his second championship in the series. García Jr. also earnedhis first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race win at Memphis International Raceway in 2018 followed with a victory at Dover International Speedway in October. García Jr. will continue racing in the K&N Pro East Series.

Nick Sanchez, 17, Homestead, Florida. Sanchez completed his NASCAR Whelen All-American Series rookie season in 2018. He also raced in the Bojangles Summer Shootout with Rev Racing’s Legends Car program and finished sixth in championship points. Sanchez will race in a Late Model for Rev Racing.

Brooke Storer, 20, Land OLakes, Florida. Storeris the 2016 Desoto Speedway Sportsman Champion. This past season, she raced in the Wheel Man Series Late Model Sportsman division capturing two 50 lap feature wins. In 2017, she placed third in points in the Wheel Man Series. Storer will race in the Late Model for Rev Racing in 2019.

Gracie Trotter, 17, Denver, North Carolina. Trotter is the winner of Round 5 of the Bojangles Summer Shootout in the Semi Pro division. In 2018 she competed in the CARS Tour & PASS Series at Concord, Hickory, Caraway, Orange Country, South Boston and Carteret County. She also raced USLCI Legend cars at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, Anderson, TriCounty and Caraway.Trotter will race in the Late Model for Rev Racing in 2019.

For more information on the NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver and crew member development programs, visit NASCARDiversity.com. For continuing coverage of this year’s class, visit NASCAR.com or NASCAR’s social media platforms.

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), three regional series, one local grassroots series, three international series and the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA). The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSAWeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).

About Rev Racing

Headquartered in Concord, North Carolina, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities and women drivers and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit http://revracing.net or follow us on Twitter.


GRACIE TROTTER WRAPS UP ROOKIE SEASON WITH SOLID RUN AT HICKORY

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

17 YEAR OLD STANDOUT NOTCHES PERSONAL BEST TIME IN QUALIFYING

(Denver, NC) November 13, 2018 (for immediate release):

Super Late Model driver Gracie Trotter is focusing on the next big steps in her racing career, after wrapping up a successful rookie season at Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway last weekend.  Gracie battled a stellar field in her #2 TRD/Calico Coatings Camry, in the PASS Mason-Dixon Mega Meltdown 200.

Prior to the race, Gracie set a lofty target for herself: “I’m focusing on…a good qualifying run. My goal is to get my personal fastest time at Hickory.” She was able to do exactly that, earning  12th position on the starting grid for last Saturday’s season finale.  “It’s a tough field. She did a really remarkable job qualifying,” praised Crew Chief Bond Suss after the race.  “All in all a good solid day for (Gracie).”

This was Gracie’s second start in the Mega Meltdown. In 2017, she ran as high as 7th before late-race issues knocked her out.  2018 was a similar story.  “This was probably the hardest I’ve ever raced,” she reflected.  This time, it appeared Gracie was heading for a top-10 finish, but contact with another driver with 10 laps to go ended her afternoon.

Asked how he’d seen his young driver improve from the early season in March and April, Suss replied, “Just in all aspects, really. Understanding what goes on, how to qualify, how to get on the tires a little bit….she’s made huge strides.” He is also looking ahead to her 2019 campaign, building on this year’s learning and experience. “She made good leaps and bounds this year…shes got to take that same big step again next year.”

“I feel really good about next year,” says Gracie. “This year had a lot of ups and downs…I think this race tonight really proved a lot for me that I can be a lot more aggressive than I was in other races this year.” With a full schedule of 20-30 Super Late Model races planned for 2018, as well as some Late Model Stock Car starts, Gracie is confident in her chances. “I think I can get some wins and some top fives,” she said after Saturday’srace. “I feel really great about it.”

Gracie recently competed in NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity combine, which could provide her with even more opportunity heading into the coming season.  An announcement about the drivers selected for the NASCAR driver development opportunity is forthcoming.

Follow Gracie’s social media accounts or visit her website for the latest on her future plans:  www.gracietrotter.com, and@gracietrotter11 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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GRACIE TROTTER PREPARES FOR SEASON FINALE AT HICKORY MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

TEENAGE ACE SEEKS STRONG FINISH TO 2018 SEASON

 

(Denver, NC) November 7, 2018 (for immediate release):

Fresh off her experience at the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine in Florida, rookie Super Late Model driver Gracie Trotter heads to Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway this weekend for her final race of this season, the PASS Mason-Dixon Mega Meltdown 200.  Gracie will drive her Bond Suss Racing-prepared #2 TRD/Calico Coatings Toyota Camry.

Gracie was one of 12 female and/or ethnically diverse drivers invited to the talent evaluation, with an opportunity to be part of the 2019 NASCAR Drive for Diversity class on the line.  With the announcement of the winners still to come, Gracie is now focused on finishing her rookie super late model season on a high note at Hickory.

The Mega Meltdown, an afternoon race which will see the PASS Super Late Model National Champion crowned, is a race that the young Toyota Racing Development standout competed in last year as well. In 2017, Gracie won the Last Chance qualifier, started 21st and moved all the way up to 7th place before a late-race incident ended her night on lap 250.  But there are significant differences in this year’s event.  “They’ve changed it to 200 laps from 300. Also, last year we ran the crate motor and this year we will be running the built motor. It’s a lot of horsepower difference and it’s more physically demanding,” Gracie explains. “I have a little bit of nervousness because I don’t know what to expect.”

Currently sitting 6th in the PASS South Tour points standings, Gracie’s set an important goal for  this final race of her rookie season, as well as her future.  “I’m focusing on…a good qualifying run,” she says. “My new goal is to get my personal fastest time at Hickory.  I feel like I’ve really learned a lot this year, and I’ll take that into next year and be even better.”

The 13th Annual PASS Mason Dixon Mega Meltdown 200 goes green at Hickory Motor Speedway this Saturday afternoon.  Racing begins at 1:30 PM EST, with qualifying at 11:45 AM. If you can’t be there in person, you can watch the event on Speed51.com (PPV).  Live timing and scoring is available at www.race-monitor.com.

 

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GRACIE TROTTER CHOSEN FOR NASCAR DRIVE FOR DIVERSITY COMBINE

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

 

Rising Racer On Doorstep of Major Career Move-

 

(Denver, NC) October 18, 2018 (for immediate release):

Rookie Super Late Model driver Gracie Trotter has been invited to try out for NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Development Program, at the combine being held on October 22-23 at Bethune-Cookman University and New Smyrna (Florida) Speedway. With NASCAR stars like Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez, and Bubba Wallace having advanced via the Drive for Diversity, Gracie feels honored to now get her chance. “I’m really excited about this opportunity, I’m looking forward to it all,” she said.

Promising female and ethnically diverse drivers are given an opportunity to showcase their skills at the combine, with the potential of being chosen for the 2019 Drive for Diversity Driver Development class. The program is a partnership with Rev Racing, with the chosen drivers receiving a full season in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, and US Legend Cars International, including equipment, mentoring, and competition experience.

Gracie is one of three female candidates, among a dozen aspiring racers at this year’s NASCAR Combine.   She’ll be evaluated not only on her on-track skills, but also her physical fitness, and marketing and media savvy. Gracie, a self-described exercise junkie, is eagerly anticipating the fitness assessment.  “I love fitness so I’m excited that they are doing that; I can also get a good workout in while I’m away! Fitness is a big part of my weekly routine, so I feel confident about the physical fitness evaluation portion of the combine.” All season long she’s been spending time each week working with a specialized trainer, making sure she’s in the best possible condition to endure the rigors of high-speed competition.

Currently  6th in PASS South Super Late Model points, Gracie’s next turn in her #2 TRD/Calico Coatings Camry will come  November 10 at the PASS Tour’s 2018 finale, the Mason-Dixon Meltdown at Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway. Beyond this final start of her rookie season, Gracie is focusing on what looks to be a promising future.  The opportunity to participate in the Drive for Diversity Development Program would be a perfect next step. “I feel like I’ve really learned a lot this year, and I’ll take that into next year and be even better. I have a lot of confidence in that.”

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GRACIE TROTTER NOTCHES ANOTHER TOP-TEN FINISH

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

TROTTER MAINTAINS 6TH PLACE IN POINTS STANDINGS WITH CONSISTENT SHOWING

(Denver, NC) September 20, 2018 (for immediate release):

Rookie Super Late Model driver Gracie Trotter picked up another strong Super Late Model finish in her return to Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, NC.   Gracie strapped in to her TRD/Calico Coatings #2 Camry for the CARS Response Energy Tour’s Thrifty Tire-Puryear Tank Lines 300 on September 8.   The high school junior scored another strong run, ending the night with a top-ten finish.

Weather was the early story.   Mother Nature was not cooperating at first, with showers ultimately canceling qualifying, but the skies cleared in time for the scheduled start.

“We knew the rain was coming. We knew that qualifying could get rained out, so we did a few mock qualifying runs in practice that morning. It ended up working out for us because we ended up having the 4th fastest time that morning,” Gracie recalled. By rule, the field was set by combined practice speeds from earlier in the afternoon, and Gracie then made her second- highest SLM career start, having started 3rd at Caraway Speedway earlier this year.

Unfortunately, that would stay her highest position on the night.   “Not much went right for us in the beginning of the race,” Gracie commented.  “I really got pushed around a lot and actually got shoved up the track on the third lap, causing me to lose a lot of positions.  So looking on to my next race I need to focus on being more aggressive.” Still, gaining another top 10 finish on the night added to Gracie’s impressive rookie Super Late Model season.

She continued her outstanding record of finishing on the lead lap, bringing her Camry home in one piece by avoiding getting caught up in others’ mishaps.  “I’m still learning a ton and getting better at racing these Super Late Models.  It’s a difficult thing to do but I raced hard and didn’t give up.”

Currently sitting 6th in the PASS South Tour points standings, Gracie’s next turn in the #2 Super Late Model Camry will come on November 3 at South Boston Speedway. With two more starts to go in her rookie season, Gracie is focusing on what looks to be a promising future.  “I feel like I’ve really learned a lot this year, and I’ll take that into next year and be even better. I have a lot of confidence in that.”

 

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GRACIE TROTTER RETURNS TO ORANGE COUNTY SPEEDWAY SEEKING FIRST SLM VICTORY

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

(Denver, NC) September 5, 2018 (for immediate release):

Rookie Super Late Model driver Gracie Trotter is seeking her first SLM win in her 9th start of the season in her TRD/Calico Coatings Toyota Camry this Saturday, September 8 in the CARS Tour Thrifty Tire-Puryear Tank Lines 300 at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, NC.

The newly-minted 17-year old has enjoyed her previous two starts here. Gracie’s goal for this Saturday is to finish higher than her qualifying position, just as she did in her previous appearance here in April. In the CARS tour Mid-Atlantic Classic on April 21, Gracie qualified in 20th position and moved up 10 spots for her second top-10 finish at the track in as many starts, with her SLM debut in June of 2017 ending with an impressive 8th place finish.  With each start, she learns more about the nuances of the 3/8 mile oval. “From previous races I’ve learned that the line changes a bit throughout the race, and to pass cars there you have to follow them in the corner and get (the other cars) off, because it’s difficult to pass going in (with) no fast line down low on the entries of the corners,” Gracie explained.

Currently sitting at 6th in the PASS South Tour points standings, Gracie is relentless in her drive to gain valuable experience by racing in both PASS South and CARS Super Late Model series. To prepare for her return to Orange County, she’s been continuing her daily practice sessions on iRacing. “They don’t have Orange County on there, but I’ve been practicing at Pensacola because it’s similar to OCS. I’ve been practicing being consistent and smooth with my steering and braking,” Gracie said.

This will be Gracie’s first race at Orange County Speedway with a “built” motor in the Bond Suss-prepared machine. “I’m focusing on focusing on being consistent and finding speed with the new motor,” said Gracie.  “I have to change my habits, and will be focusing on perfecting that.”

Gracie will test at Orange County on Thursday, with official practice Friday afternoon/evening, and single-car qualifying at 5:45 PM Saturday. The Thrifty Tire-Puryear Tank Lines 300 goes green at 7:30 PM ET on September 8. Watch Gracie go for her first SLM victory in her #2 TRD Calico Coatings Camry on www.carstour.tv  (PPV) or follow along in the Race Monitor app.  

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ROOKIE DRIVER FINISHES 11TH AT SOUTH BOSTON, MOVES UP TO 6TH IN POINTS

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

 (Denver, NC) August 16, 2018 (for immediate release):

Rookie Super Late Model driver Gracie Trotter made her 8th start of the season in her TRD/Calico Coatings Toyota Camry this past Saturday in the Davenport Energy 150 at South Boston Speedway, part of the PASS South Super Late Model Series.

After finishing 15th in the CARS Tour Throwback 276 on August 11, Gracie was excited at the chance to make back-to-back late model starts.   She felt good about her car and her chances heading to Virginia. “I really like SoBo,” said Gracie. “On Friday (in practice) we were very consistent and ran some good times.” Qualifying, however, was a different story. “We just weren’t in the groove,” Gracie explained, putting her in 14th of 17 cars in the field to begin.

Early in the race, the car in front of her missed a shift on a restart, causing contact with Gracie’s #2 Camry.   “It (damaged) the radiator, which caused us to overheat a few laps later,” said Gracie. “It took a while for my crew to fix, so we were a few laps down.” As a result, Gracie finished off the lead lap, but was able to move up to an 11th place finish, four spots higher than the previous week.  Her consistency and ability to avoid trouble have also moved her up to 6th in the 2018 PASS South Championship.

Gracie’s next start will be September 8 at Orange County Speedway, in the CARS Tour Thrifty Tire-Puryear Tank Lines 300. In the interim, she will continue her focused training regimen, which includes 4 weekly sessions in the gym with her personal trainer, who specializes in fitness training for race car drivers. The work

focuses on neck strengthening exercises and concussion prevention, as well as stability exercises. “Training is going very well this summer for me,” said Gracie. “It’s a huge part of being a race car driver; it’s easy to fall out of the seat in a race car that can reach temperatures of over 150 , and it’s physically hard on the body, too.”

The rising high school senior will celebrate her 17th birthday in late August, and will be looking for her first SLM victory shortly thereafter in her return to Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, NC.  “I have raced there twice and we’ve had some awesome runs there, so I’m super stoked. I’ve been racing on my iRacing simulator and spending lots of time at the shop, learning more and more.”

The Thrifty Tire-Puryear Tank Lines 300 goes green at 7:30 PM ET on September 8th. Watch Gracie in her #2 TRD Calico Coatings Camry on www.carstour.tv  (PPV) or follow along in the Race Monitor app.

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 (Denver, NC) August 14, 2018 (for immediate release):

Rookie Super Late Model driver Gracie Trotter made her 8th start of the season in her TRD/Calico Coatings Toyota Camry this past Saturday in the Davenport Energy 150 at South Boston Speedway, part of the PASS South Super Late Model Series.

After finishing 15th in the CARS Tour Throwback 276 on August 11, Gracie was excited at the chance to make back-to-back late model starts.   She felt good about her car and her chances heading to Virginia. “I really like SoBo,” said Gracie. “On Friday (in practice) we were very consistent and ran some good times.” Qualifying, however, was a different story. “We just weren’t in the groove,” Gracie explained, putting her in 14th of 17 cars in the field to begin.

Early in the race, the car in front of her missed a shift on a restart, causing contact with Gracie’s #2 Camry.   “It (damaged) the radiator, which caused us to overheat a few laps later,” said Gracie. “It took a while for my crew to fix, so we were a few laps down.” As a result, Gracie finished off the lead lap, but was able to move up to an 11th place finish, four spots higher than the previous week.  Her consistency and ability to avoid trouble have also moved her up to 6th in the 2018 PASS South Championship.

Gracie’s next start will be September 8 at Orange County Speedway, in the CARS Tour Thrifty Tire-Puryear Tank Lines 300. In the interim, she will continue her focused training regimen, which includes 4 weekly sessions in the gym with her personal trainer, who specializes in fitness training for race car drivers. The work

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focuses on neck strengthening exercises and concussion prevention, as well as stability exercises. “Training is going very well this summer for me,” said Gracie. “It’s a huge part of being a race car driver; it’s easy to fall out of the seat in a race car that can reach temperatures of over 150 , and it’s physically hard on the body, too.”

The rising high school senior will celebrate her 17th birthday in late August, and will be looking for her first SLM victory shortly thereafter in her return to Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, NC.  “I have raced there twice and we’ve had some awesome runs there, so I’m super stoked. I’ve been racing on my iRacing simulator and spending lots of time at the shop, learning more and more.”

The Thrifty Tire-Puryear Tank Lines 300 goes green at 7:30 PM ET on September 8th. Watch Gracie in her #2 TRD Calico Coatings Camry on www.carstour.tv  (PPV) or follow along in the Race Monitor app.

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GRACIE TROTTER TO MAKE 4TH PASS SOUTH START IN DAVENPORT ENERGY 150

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

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ROOKIE DRIVER TO MAKE 4TH PASS SOUTH START IN DAVENPORT ENERGY 150

 

 (Denver, NC) August 7, 2018 (for immediate release):

Rookie Super Late Model driver Gracie Trotter called last Saturday’s Throwback 276 CARS Response Energy Tour race at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) a “learning experience.” In a packed field of 26, in front of a large, enthusiastic crowd, Gracie started in 18th position, and finished 15th  as she managed to avoid trouble in a race that saw 11 drivers fail to finish. “It was an awesome atmosphere,” Gracie reported. “It felt like short track racing was coming back alive, the way it used to be.”

Gracie continues her full Super Late Model schedule with the PASS South Davenport Energy 150 on Saturday, August 11 from South Boston (VA) Speedway. “We’ve tested at SoBo twice so far, and I really like it,” said Gracie. “We’ve worked on a lot of things for the car and myself to get faster and I feel pretty good going into it.”

Ahead of the race at Hickory,  veteran crew chief and team manager Bond Suss had this to say about his young driver:   “Gracie’s still learning how to deal with a lot more power from the new engine, but it’s an important part of her learning curve.   She’s still trying to find the limits.” Gracie agreed, saying that adjusting to the new motor will remain a focus heading into South Boston.  “It’s a lot different from the crate motor…I had to get rid of all my habits that I had with that motor.”

Gracie is proud of the way she’s communicating with Suss. “I really feel like I’ve improved a lot on my feedback to the crew chief,” she said.   Suss concurred, saying “She pays close attention, studies her data hard, and she’s consistent.   And she always brings the car back in one piece, which is something a lot of young drivers don’t do.”  

This will be the high school junior’s fourth PASS Tour start of 2018.  Gracie’s  looking to improve on her 6th place finish, highest of the season, in her first PASS start of 2018 in the RGS Products 125 at Caraway Motor Speedway on March 18.

In her most recent PASS South race, the Old Glory 125 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 25th,  she raced her way to 11th  at the finish, on the lead lap. Gracie is currently 7th in the PASS South points standings.

Gracie will be looking for another strong finish in Saturday night’s 150-lap main event.  Qualifying begins at 5 PM ET, and the Davenport Energy 150 goes green at approximately 7 PM ET. Follow along on race-monitor.com or in the Race Monitor app.

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GRACIE TROTTER WRAPS UP 2ND PLACE IN 2018 BOJANGLES SUMMER SHOOTOUT

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

 

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–16-year-old driver wraps up 2nd place in 2018 Bojangles Summer Shootout —

(Denver, NC) August 3, 2018: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Talented young driver Gracie Trotter spent most of July competing in the Legends Semi-Pro division in her #11 Joe Ryan Race Cars machine. The month began on the highest of notes, with fireworks both literal and figurative as she secured her first career Semi-Pro win in Round 5 of the Bojangles Summer Shootout on July 3rd.

Round 6, on July 10th, resulted in another podium finish, as Gracie fought her way up from her 7th place start to capture third place. The following Saturday, she ran the Legends event at Tri County Motor Speedway, which she said “became her favorite track; it was so much fun!” Despite a broken trailing arm mount in her first practice, and having never seen the track before, she was able to rebound to finish in third place, completing the podium sweep for Joe Ryan Race Cars as her teammates finished in first and second.

Round 7 of the Summer Shootout was her lowest finish of the month, a 4th place,  and inclement weather forced the postponement and eventual cancellation of Round 8.

One of only three female drivers in the Semi-Pro division for the Shootout, Gracie entered the final two rounds July 30 and 31 atop the Summer Shootout points standings, with the nearest female driver in 17th position.  A podium finish on Monday night kept her up by 2 points entering the final round, but Tuesday didn’t go exactly as planned, and Gracie finished in third place for round 10, dropping her out of the championship lead to a 2nd place finish with 363 points, behind Conner Mosack’s 365.

After round 10, a disappointed Gracie shared her thoughts on an emotional night.  “Tonight was super heartbreaking because I thought I had the championship locked down. I was actually the fastest car out there by .2 (seconds), so I found the right line and we were digging up through there…I was ready to do anything I could to win the championship.”

She thought she had a chance to capture the lead at the end, remembering “I got so close, but there at the end a lapped car got in my way and I just couldn’t catch back up to Conner….I thought I had it there at the end.  (On) the last lap I tried to go low but it was too wet and I couldn’t get it. It sucks that it ended that way, but I’ve had a good season so far.”

Crew Chief Joe Ryan Osborne gave her a great car, despite the challenge that the evening’s weather provided.  “That was probably the most stressful three hours of my whole life,” Osborne said after the race. “Coming in tonight leading the points by two…along with the weather in the area, and the rain, no rain, we switched probably three times from rain tires, to no rain tires, but I think we made the right call to put the rain tires on…. We got to the front, and we were running the field down, then a lapped car kinda got in our way, and pushed us up the track, and we didn’t have enough time to get back to ‘em.”

Osborne knows that this is has been a great stepping stone for Gracie, despite finishing in second place. “We had a championship car and driver, and she did a great job all season, not wrecking and being consistent with her finishes.”

Gracie is proud of her 2nd place finish in the Shootout and is now looking forward to spending more time in her #2 TRD/Calico Coatings Super Late Model. She’s behind the wheel this weekend in the “Throwback 276” at Hickory Motor Speedway, her second CARS Tour start of 2018. The event goes green at 8 PM ET on Saturday, August 4.

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GRACIE TROTTER SET TO CHALLENGE CARS TOUR REGULARS IN HICKORY “THROWBACK 276” SHOWDOWN

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

NEWS FROM GRACIE TROTTER RACING

SENSATIONAL YOUNG WOMAN RACER SET TO CHALLENGE CARS TOUR REGULARS IN HICKORY “THROWBACK 276” SHOWDOWN

Fresh from a strong Summer Shootout showing, Gracie Trotter seeks strong Late Model run-

 

(Denver, NC) August 2, 2018 (for immediate release):

It’s been a summer of learning for 16 year old Toyota Racing Development driver Gracie Trotter, driving her TRD/Calico Coatings Toyota Camry in a variety of Super Late Model events while keeping up a full slate of Legends Car Semi-Pro starts.   Now that her drive to win the Legends Summer Shootout Championship is over, Gracie will turn her attention fully to the Late Model portion of her 2018 schedule, starting with this weekend’s “Throwback 276” CARS Response Energy Tour race at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC).

“Hickory’s my home track, and we’ve run well there the past few times out,” noted Gracie.   “We tested there last week and were quick. I’m still getting used to the power in our new “built” motor.   We’ve made some other changes to the car also, and we should be in great shape for Saturday night.”

Gracie’s #2 TRD/Calico Camry effort is led by veteran crew chief and team manager Bond Suss.   “Gracie’s still learning how to deal with a lot more power from the new engine, but it’s an important part of her learning curve.   She’s still trying to find the limits.  But as always she pays close attention, studies her data hard, and she’s consistent.   And she always brings the car back in one piece, which is something a lot of young drivers don’t do.   We should have a strong night at Hickory.”

This will be Gracie’s second CARS Tour start of 2018.   She had a terrific outing in a 150 lap event at North Carolina’s Orange County Speedway back in April, lining up 21st on the grid and racing her way to 10th  at the finish, on the lead lap.

“The CARS Super Late Model Tour is really tough.   We found out we needed more, at Orange County,” said Gracie.  “It was one of the things that got us going on the new motor and other changes we’ve made.  I’m really looking forward to racing our new package at our home track.”

Gracie will face a 31-car field in Saturday night’s 138-lap main event.   The event goes green at 8PM ET.

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For more information on Gracie Trotter, and marketing opportunities available, contact:

 

Tracy Trotter

ttrotter@calicocoatings.com

704-506-9531

Rick Benjamin, Visioncast Inc.

rick@rickbenjamin.tv

704-998-8945