Bryan Silas; Fast Track Racing Continue Intense Testing; Lakeland A Success CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Saturday, January 13, 2007) - - If there is one team on the ARCA RE/MAX Series circuit who seems prepared for the 2007 season, many point ...
Bryan Silas; Fast Track Racing Continue Intense Testing; Lakeland A Success
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Saturday, January 13, 2007) - - If there is one team on the ARCA RE/MAX Series circuit who seems prepared for the 2007 season, many point fingers to Andy Hillenburg's Fast Track Racing with rookie driver Bryan Silas.
Since the checkered flag flew last October at Iowa Speedway, the team didn't send their helmets or gloves to the cleaners instead they quickly dusted them off and returned to action. Since the close of the 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series season the team has tested at Salem Speedway (Indiana), Daytona International Speedway (Florida) and now USA International Speedway, known to many as Lakeland Speedway (Florida). Lakeland is a new event on the 2007 series calendar and the team felt to get a jump-start on the rest of the competition it was imperative to test at the three-fourths (.075)-mile paved oval.
On January 4, Fast Track Racing unloaded two No. 11 Chevrolet Monte Carlos sending Silas on his own for another eight-hour single test session. Throughout the day, Silas's times continued to improve. The driver was able to give positive feedback to his FTR crew enabling the team to adjust the handling, equaling faster lap times for Silas. When the sun set, the team loaded up with confidence.
"It was a very successful day for Fast Track Racing," said team owner and former ARCA RE/MAX Series champion Andy Hillenburg. "Bryan continues to impress me. The more we have him on the track, the better he adapts. His feedback is the biggest change that I've noticed. He was able to give us incredible notes from inside the car to make the car faster. That is the biggest thing I'm after before we embark on the 2007 ARS (ARCA RE/MAX Series) season; I'm very pleased with that progress."
For Silas, he was eagerly excited about the results of the test. "I really think we did well," said Silas, who resides in Florida. "We don't really know where we stand as far as our other competitors because this is an inaugural race for all of us, but I think we have a good platform to start."
He continued, "I believe we're coming back here one more time before we arrive for the race, which is good. The off season testing is really helping me as a driver and having the knowledge and guidance from Andy (Hillenburg) is a huge reason for my success."
Following the test at USA International Speedway (Lakeland), Silas joined fellow colleagues including racing competitors David Ragan and Chad McCumbee at Moroso Motorsports Park participating in a 24-hour go-kart competition. While the trio didn't win the event, they did start on the pole and lead the pack for several hours before settling with an eighth place finish.
"The go-kart race was fun, but I would rather drive an ARCA RE/MAX Series in a 24-hour event than the go-kart. While they are fun to race, the go-karts are a lot harder to handle, but it was all in good fun and I don't regret doing it," Silas added.
Heading into the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series, Silas hailing from Stuart, Florida has six ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit with a career best finish of 16th at Toledo Speedway (September 2006). He holds a career best short track time trials effort of eighth at Berlin Raceway (July 2006). A 16th place qualifying effort at Talladega Superspeedway (October 2006) is Silas's best Superspeedway run to date.
When not competing or testing for FTR, Bryan competes in both the Sportsman and Limited Late Model divisions at Orlando Speedworld and New Smyrna Speedway.
Next up for Silas and FTR will be another private test session at Talladega Superspeedway, the final Superspeedway test for the team before they head to Daytona International Speedway (DIS) next month to officially kick off the 2007 ARCA Season, the 55th season for the series.
Silas made his restrictor plate debut at the intimidating 2.666-mile Superspeedway last October. After qualifying a solid 16th, Silas spent a majority of the race hovering in the top-15 before being swept into a multi-car incident.