Federico Says CORR Drivers Eager to Attack New Track at Heartland Park Topeka TOPEKA, Kansas -- It's been two years since the Lucas Oil Championship Off-Road Racing Series came to Heartland Park Topeka, but that doesn't mean drivers on the ...
Federico Says CORR Drivers Eager to Attack New Track at Heartland Park Topeka
TOPEKA, Kansas -- It's been two years since the Lucas Oil Championship Off-Road Racing Series came to Heartland Park Topeka, but that doesn't mean drivers on the circuit have forgotten how much they enjoyed their last visit.
Steve Federico, a driver in the Pro-Lite category doing publicity stops around Topeka on Thursday, says drivers in the CORR series have been pointing to their stop at Heartland Park as one they all were looking forward to.
"We'll be racing under the lights, something that's never been done before in this series. I've done it in another series, but most of these guys have never been under the lights in an off-road series," Federico said. "There is definitely a buzz among the drivers. We're back at Heartland Park, they have a new owner, and there's been some new track development."
Drivers entered in the Lucas Oil Heartland Off-Road Championships Presented by Food-4-Less will race Friday and Saturday nights, along with a Sunday afternoon show on a brand-new layout at the Heartland Park Topeka 3/8-mile banked oval dirt track.
With so many jumps and twists on a new layout, the custom-built trucks and buggies of the CORR series will take a pounding during their three day visit to Heartland Park. According to Federico, that should provide fans in attendance a lot to take in during trips into the pit area.
"CORR is great about providing fans with up-close visits to the pits to watch drivers and their crews work on the vehicle," Federico said. "The racing is really rough, so we have to inspect and tear down the truck very close. We'd break down if we weren't very specific about getting the truck race-ready. A fan doesn't have to pay an extra fee to get right up and watch us prepare the truck for racing."
After driving for eight years (three professionally) on the off-road circuit, Federico still enjoys his craft. "It's the biggest rush...really hard to explain. But I'm going to try," Federico said. "It's like the wildest roller coaster you've ever been on, but you're actually driving. And every hill you come to on the track, you're actually jumping. It's an amazing adrenaline rush."
Racing begins at Heartland Park at 6 p.m. Friday, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.