Andrew Rogers Ready for Hometown Race in Concord, NC Pro Cup Rookie Has Busy Week Getting Ready to Compete in His Own Backyard KANNAPOLIS, NC (April 20, 2005) -- The USAR Pro Cup Series schedule has a total of 18 Southern division and ...
Andrew Rogers Ready for Hometown Race in Concord, NC
Pro Cup Rookie Has Busy Week Getting Ready to Compete in His Own Backyard
KANNAPOLIS, NC (April 20, 2005) -- The USAR Pro Cup Series schedule has a total of 18 Southern division and Championship events in which Andrew Rogers will compete in during the 2005 season, but there is only one race that is right in his own backyard. That event is this weekend's Turn 4 Pizza 250 at Concord Motorsport Park (NC).
Racing locally does have its advantages. The #18 Termidor/Bombardier/SeaDoo team have plans to entertain sponsors, family and friends at the Concord race.
"It's definitely nice to be racing near home," said Rogers. "It makes it a lot easier for family and friends to come out to the track. I don't think that I'll have to make as many phone calls on Monday about how our race went after this weekend."
Concord is a tricky track to get around. It has a dogleg and is far from a perfect oval. Rogers might be a rookie in Pro Cup, but he is familiar with getting around Concord.
"I've run at Concord with my Thunder Roadster," said Rogers. "I don't have a lot of laps on the track, but I do have some experience there."
Rogers missed out on a recent test session at Concord, but even though he didn't have a car ready to make laps around the track, the young driver made sure that he was there to try and absorb new information.
"I didn't get to test this week," said Rogers. "The car wasn't ready, but I did go out to the track and learn a few things."
Rogers shadowed last year's USAR Pro Cup champion and former Concord regular Clay Rogers at the test. The two Rogers are unrelated, but do share a name and plenty of information at the track.
"He definitely knows how to get around that place," Andrew Rogers said. "I learned a few things by watching him this week."
The Pro Cup Series raced last Saturday night at Peach State Speedway (GA) and teams have only a week between the checkered flag in that event and the green flag at Concord.
"It's really tough having to race back to back like this," said Rogers. "There is a lot more pressure on the team."
Making matters tougher for the Rogers team is the fact that they use one car for all of their races -- at least that is what they are doing now. That will change later in the season, though.
"We have a back-up car and it is going to get a body put on it later this week," said Rogers. "So far, getting it ready has not been a priority. It would be nice to have had it this week to go out and have made some laps at the test, but we want to put most of our effort into our main car right now. I think that we should have it done in a month or so from now. We want to have it done before we go to Bristol and definitely before the Championship Series. We have our more important races later in the year, so we'll need it for then."
Running the same car every week does have its advantages, though.
"We know that it's going to be good anywhere we go, so that's why it is a primary car," said Rogers.
The Turn 4 Pizza 250 at Concord Motorsport Park will take place Saturday, April 23rd, at 7:30pm.