GRACIE TROTTER PREPARES FOR 2018 SUPER LATE MODEL DEBUT
–16-year-old standout opens PASS Late Model campaign Sunday at Caraway Speedway, NC—
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.
For media information, and information on marketing partnerships,
Tracy Trotter, Calico Coatings: 704-483-2202
Rick Benjamin, Visioncast Inc.: 704-998-8945
Kelly Lundgren, Visioncast Inc.: 612-385-4814