CGH Motorsports; Chad Hackenbracht Thankful For Daytona Test
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (January 18, 2011) - - CGH Motorsports heads into the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season locked and loaded hoping to make an impression that will allow the family-owned team to compete in the full schedule. And thanks to an overall top-10 outing in the official Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway open test last week, the team is confident they are heading in the right direction.
Driven by 19-year old Chad Hackenbracht, Hackenbracht unofficially posted the seventh fastest time of the three-day test on Wednesday afternoon after whipping his No. 58 Tastee Apple Chevrolet Impala SS around the 2.5-mile superspeedway in 48.522 seconds at 185.483 miles per hour, after being swept into a heavy draft while attempting to make a single-car run at DIS.
Still with the favorable result, the CGH Motorsports team will make a decision this week and decide which of the two Impala SS superspeedway bowtie's available will put their Concord, North Carolina-based team in the limelight for the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona, set for Saturday, January 12th, 2011 live on SPEED.
"We made some serious changes to our No. 58 Tastee Apple Chevrolet Impala SS to put up that lap," said Hackenbracht, who intends to make his second appearance at the "World Center of Racing" next month. "While the car was strong, it's not a set-up that we would feel comfortable with for the race, so we're going to go back to the drawing board and put a setup together that should work to our advantage for both qualifying and the race."
The former Legend Car Series (LCS) pilot added, "restrictor plate racing is a lot of fun but it can drive you nuts. You want to go out there and be strong by yourself and in the draft. I have a feeling that we're going to be strong in qualifying; we just need to make sure our Tastee Apple Chevrolet will be able to maneuver from the back to the front and vice-versa. The team has already put a "to-do" list together to better prepare ourselves for what we like to think as the "Super Bowl" of our racing season. It's going to be a busy couple of weeks but hopefully all the work will pay off with a good finish in the race."
Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway recently went through a major renovation which included a complete re-pavement of the 2.5-mile monster facility. Hackenbracht described the new track's asphalt as soothing. "They did a great job re-paving the track," sounded Hackenbracht, who intends to juggle a full-time college schedule while also hoping to become the next ARCA Racing Series champion. "It's a lot like Talladega but still has that Daytona vibe. The race will not only be electrifying on the track but in the stands too."
-source: cgh motorsports