Mitchell Realizes Dream at 180 mph Fla. native has seen a lot at Daytona International Speedway Tallahassee, Fla. (February 6, 2007) -- This weekend Marc Mitchell and the No. 93 Ergon team head to the famed 2.5 mile Daytona (Fla.) International...
Mitchell Realizes Dream at 180 mph
Fla. native has seen a lot at Daytona International Speedway
Tallahassee, Fla. (February 6, 2007) -- This weekend Marc Mitchell and the No. 93 Ergon team head to the famed 2.5 mile Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway for the ARCA 200 at Daytona.
This will be the second ARCA RE/MAX Series race for Mitchell at Daytona. He finished 26th in the 2005 Discount Auto Parts 200. Mitchell cut down a right front tire while running inside the top-ten to cut short a promising run and relegated him to a 26th place finish.
Mitchell and Ergon partnered for one race during the 2006 ARCA RE/MAX season. The Jackson, Miss.-based company adorned the side of Mitchell's entry in the Food World 250 at the Talladega Superspeedway. That race was the first on Talladega's new surface. The asphalt for the repaving was provided by Ergon.
Comments from Mitchell as he prepares for the ARCA 200 at Daytona:
You have made several starts in the ARCA RE/MAX Series and the NASCAR Busch Series. You have a great sponsor behind you this year and a solid partial schedule. What are your expectations for the year?
"My first goal, and my main goal, is to take my Ergon Chevrolet to Victory Lane. They are a great sponsor and they are so excited to get the season started. Every Ergon employee in the United States is ready to see the No. 93 Ergon Chevrolet on the track.
"We put this deal together in a short amount of time, but I firmly believe that we can run consistently inside the top-10 at every race we enter. Ergon has given us every opportunity and resource to be competitive. I believe a trip to Victory Lane is firmly within our reach."
It must be a great feeling to race in your home state?
"Well it is going to be nice to have family and friends in the stands, that's for sure. I have been coming here for years and this place just has a mystique about it. Everyone wants to win at Daytona, whether you are a Floridian or not. But it does give me some extra incentive for this race, for sure."
"It is also the first race on our schedule so you want to get the season off on the right foot. We have been burning the midnight oil at the shop in preparation for this race because it is an important race and it can set the tone for the first couple months of the season."
You have excelled at driving anything with wheels. Are you just a quick learner?
"I think so. I mean I just feel comfortable behind a wheel. Yeah, I jumped right into a legends car and had success. If you can drive a legends car you can wheel just about anything. They are so rigid. I firmly believe that starting off in legends cars helped my particular career."
"There have also been times where it was just my dad and I taking the car to the track and working on it. In that respect I think that gave me an advantage over other drivers that exists to this day. It is so much easier to feel what the car is doing when you know exactly what is underneath it. It was tough at the time, but it made me a much better driver."