Joey Coulter Daytona December test preview

Joey Coulter is Undaunted at Upcoming Daytona Test and Ready to Get Back Racing Huntersville, NC (12/15/09) -- Less than two weeks ago, Joey Coulter was at the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series banquet as a rookie. He and his No. 16 Coulter Motorsports...

Joey Coulter is Undaunted at Upcoming Daytona Test and Ready to Get Back Racing

Huntersville, NC (12/15/09) -- Less than two weeks ago, Joey Coulter was at the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series banquet as a rookie. He and his No. 16 Coulter Motorsports team now head to the sandy beaches of Daytona poised as ever and ready to reach their goals, this time however without the daunting rookie stripes.

Every year ARCA enters the home stretch of their off-season with a three-day test at the elusive beast that is Daytona International Speedway. This year is no different as the test is scheduled for December 18th-20th 2009. Drivers and teams alike flock from all over the country to get a fix on their racing bug and prepare for the upcoming season. This is a trek 19-year-old ARCA star Joey Coulter has eagerly awaited since the 2009 finale at Rockingham.

Fresh off an outstanding 2009 rookie season, where Coulter finished fourth in series points, earning seven top fives, 13 top tens, two Pole Awards and the coveted Sportsman of the Year Award, the Miami Springs, Florida native is amped-up to get back on the track. The offseason may be a long awaited time to rest for some, but not for this ARCA standout who lives and breathes racing, and yearns to be on the track.

"2009 was a great learning experience, not only for myself but my whole team (Coulter Motorsports) and we had an amazing time along the way," commented Joey Coulter. "We accomplished a lot and earned everyone's respect and, at this level of racing, that is very important. I cannot explain how excited I am to get back racing at the Daytona test and in 2010. I would like to thank my Mom, Dad, and team for making all of this possible."

The rookie driver proved himself continually on and off the track in 2009. Under the veteran leadership of Crew Chief Harold Holly the team was a threat week in and week out. Coulter would go on to earn career best finishes of second at Mansfield Motorsports Park and Toledo Speedway, while leading 156 laps throughout the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series Season.

"Joey (Coulter) is truly a remarkable young race car driver and it has been my privilege to work with him thus far," said Coulter Motorsports Crew Chief Harold Holly. "His car control and feedback are on par with any veteran racing today, and he has continually proven he is poised for victory lane. I, along with the entire team, am looking forward to getting back racing at the Daytona test. We are 100% prepared this year and are ready to show everyone we mean business!"

Not only did Coulter's clean driving and exceptional car control earn him respect on the track in 2009, it also earned him the admiration of his peers and ARCA off the track. The prestigious Sportsman of the Year Award that Coulter earned has never in the 57 years of ARCA been awarded to a series rookie.

As Coulter and his team head down I-95 South towards Daytona, everyone is ready to watch the talented young racer hit the track. The No. 16 Darrell Gwynn Foundation/Tempest Cycles Chevrolet looks to be atop the speed charts all three days as they ready for the ARCA season opener February 6, 2010.

-credit: cm

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