Monday, March 12th, 2018
March 12, 2018
Denver, NC (for immediate release):
Sixteen-year-old racer Gracie Trotter of Denver, North Carolina, knows the time has come. Time to take all the lessons learned from several successful seasons racing karts and Legends cars and take a big step up the racing ladder. She’ll open her rookie Super Late Model season this Sunday, March 18, as the PASS (Pro All Stars Series) South Tour takes the green flag at Caraway Speedway just south of Greensboro, NC in the rescheduled RGS Products 125. Originally planned for March 11, inclement weather promoted the week’s postponement.
With the postponement of the RGS 125, Gracie took the opportunity to compete at Concord Speedway on Saturday. “When I heard that Caraway was postponed, I immediately called my (Legends) crew chief, Joe Ryan, and my dad, to see if I could race Concord in the Legend.” After qualifying P1, Gracie came away with a podium finish in the Calico Coatings #11 Legends car.
Gracie, part of Toyota’s Driver Development program, had her first opportunity to test at Caraway earlier this month. The high school student dodged some rain showers and made huge strides in her TRD/Calico Coatings Camry. “Since it’s my first Super Late Model race of the year, and just my fifth in the car, I have realistic goals. I know if I keep my nose clean, I feel like we’ve got a top ten car.”
For Gracie, fresh off a Legends Car campaign in 2017 that saw her notch ten feature victories, her first PASS Super Late Model run of the new season will be a big day. “I’m in between excited, and a little nervous. I have speed. Now I need to get this year off to a good start.”
Championship-winning crew chief Bond Suss leads Gracie’s team. The soft-spoken Midwesterner was impressed with how quickly his young driver got up to speed at Caraway in practice. “I thought she did really well for not having seen the track before. It’s a tough place, just shy of a half mile, and the two ends are really different. Turns one and two are really technical and Gracie learned fast.”
Gracie has an ace in the hole, too, going into the PASS South opener: veteran Late Model ace Brandon Setzer is a big part of Bond Suss’ organization, and he’s helping coach Gracie this year. He’ll also be in the field at Caraway. And Gracie’s paying close attention. “Brandon helped build our car, he’s helped set it up, and he’s the number one driver I will watch and learn from at Caraway.”
Gracie’s crew chief continues to see lots of maturity in his young driver. “The hardest part with an inexperienced driver is to figure out how much to work on the car, and how much on the driver. Gracie gives great feedback, and she’s smart enough to know she has room to improve…she’s not always asking us to make the car better. She wants to do her part.”
Gracie Trotter starts doing her part, racing her way up the Super Late Model ladder, Sunday afternoon at 2:30 PM EDT at Caraway Speedway in the RGS Products 125. “With the success at Concord this past weekend, I feel good about going to Caraway…and I’m super stoked,” says Gracie. She plans to be in the thick of the action all day long.
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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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Wednesday, June 10th, 2015
(June 10, 2015) – Last night proved to be a bit of a crazy night for Gracie in Round 2 of the Bojangles Summer Shootout. Pretty quickly into the race, a head-on collision with a pretty hard impact caused Gracie to hit her head on the roll cage. A pit stop to replace the front bumper got her back on the track. The run didn’t last long as she hooked tires with another bando and literally did a wheelie down the entire front stretch. “I had to jerk my body to get my car off his,” said Gracie.
Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
(June 9, 2015) – Last night, Gracie was behind the wheel of the Calico #11 Bandolero in the kickoff race of the 2015 Racing Season of the Bojangles Summer Shootout. She drew to start 16th in the final race and drove her way up to a 4th place finish!
Saturday, May 30th, 2015
(Saturday, May 30, 2015) – Starting last night, 14-year-old Gracie Trotter was behind the wheel of her #11 Calico Coatings bandolero for the first of three races she competed in this weekend. “Racing the triple was awesome.. Go Karts once and Bandoleros twice,” said Gracie.
Saturday, May 16th, 2015
(Saturday, May 16, 2015) – Gracie Trotter finished strong taking 2nd place in tonight’s INEX U.S. Legends Cars 40-lap Bandolero race at Concord Speedway. Trotter started in P2 but spun out going into turn one. She restarted in the P2 position and finished just a strong second close behind the leader.