TORC: Keith Steele Chicagoland summary

Steele Learning to Use the Added Power @ Chicagoland Madison, WI (August 17, 2010) - The addition of the Wolverine Performance PRO-2WD powerplant to the Monster Energy Kumho Tire Chevy makes the truck drive and feel like a completely...

Steele Learning to Use the Added Power @ Chicagoland

Madison, WI (August 17, 2010) - The addition of the Wolverine Performance PRO-2WD powerplant to the Monster Energy Kumho Tire Chevy makes the truck drive and feel like a completely different hot rod. This was evident as Keith Steele took to the stadium style track at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois.

The .8 mile long track was a very technical layout with a series whoops and moguls combined with a large tabletop jump on the infield section and six additional high speed jumps spaced throughout the outer portion of the track. The track was extremely demanding and several drivers had a hard time catching their breath during the eighteen lap feature races.

The combination of the short technical layout of the track and the added horsepower from the Wolverine powerplant saw the Steele Off-Road Racing Team make chassis changes after the Wednesday afternoon practice session. When the team ran the same truck in the Limited 2 class, chassis changes were done in small increments. The new powerplant has caused the team to approach races tracks in different ways, sometimes that larger chassis changes are the norm and not the exception.

The unique midweek Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL event was learning experience Keith Steele and his team. Even though the team ran much of the 2010 season in PRO-2 with a smaller Limited 2 powerplant, seat time with the larger powerplant is needed to get both driver and race truck competing with the top drivers in the division. With that in mind, Keith Steele finished tenth on Wednesday and eighth on Thursday in the twelve truck field.

"As you know I am still learning how to drive this truck and the team is still learning how to tune the chassis to different types of conditions, but all in all we gathered a ton of information without tearing up the truck," remarked Keith Steele. "We are heading to Crandon next week for the season finale and I think you will see a definite improvement in our team's performance when we get on the track. Our goal is to get a top 5 finish during the final weekend of the season."

-source: - www.steeleoffroad.com

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