Passmore Prepares for Nashville; Anxious to Resume 2004 Season Mooresville, NC (March 30, 2004) -- After nearly two months between on-track time, Christi Passmore and her G.A.P. Roofing/Royal Trading Company team were happy to get back to the ...
Passmore Prepares for Nashville; Anxious to Resume 2004 Season
Mooresville, NC (March 30, 2004) -- After nearly two months between on-track time, Christi Passmore and her G.A.P. Roofing/Royal Trading Company team were happy to get back to the track for a test session at the Nashville Superspeedway. Christi Passmore Racing attended the ARCA RE/MAX Series open test session on Thursday while the team utilized Friday for a private test at the track. With more than 25 cars in attendance for the open test, Passmore and her team recorded the seventh fastest time of the day with a lap at 30.820 seconds.
"It felt pretty good to get back on the race track after this lengthy break following the Daytona race," said Passmore. "I was starting to get anxious to get back on the track and really get the season started. Overall we had a good test session at Nashville and I think we will have a good chance to back up the starting position we earned last season. We spent the Thursday session working on race set up with this car and focused on some qualifying runs and basic race essentials on Friday where we were able to work on pit stops as well as some on track items that we usually only get a chance to practice under live race conditions."
Passmore will approach the April 9 PFG Lester 150 looking to back up her best career starting position from the 2003 Nashville event when she started on the outside of the front row. However, this season's event at Nashville will be different from previous season events in that all practice, qualifying and race events will be held on the same day. Due to impounding rules set forth by ARCA, the teams will be forced to race almost exactly what they qualify the car with concerning tires and set up.
"Reducing this race to technically a one-day race should make for interesting strategy in the garage area," said Passmore. "Teams may have to take a more conservative approach to qualifying in order to have the car where it needs to be for the race. I know we will be taking a close look at what we learned at the test session in order to get the best starting position possible without giving up race set up."
Passmore has competed at the Nashville Superspeedway only twice in her ARCA RE/MAX Series career and has seen success. During the spring event of 2003 Passmore qualified in the 25th position, but worked her way to a ninth place finish. The fall race of 2003 marked Passmore's best career ARCA RE/MAX Series start with a second place qualifying run at Nashville where she would finish in the 11th position. Passmore completed the 2003 season with an eighth place finish in the championship point's standings and is competing for the series title in 2004.