Chad Hackenbracht Has A Lot To Prove At Daytona; Readies Second Chance
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (February 8, 2011) - - Set to make his second-career ARCA Racing Series (ARS) presented by Menards start at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway this Saturday afternoon for the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200, ARCA newcomer Chad Hackenbracht is undoubtedly looking for some redemption.
The 19-year old rising star qualified for his first ever ARCA race last February after a previous year of grueling testing in preparation for his limited outings in 2010. Hackenbracht qualified his No. 58 Tastee Apple Chevrolet Impala SS on-time in the 31st position. In the first two laps of the event, Hackenbracht had drafted into the top-25 but when an accident occurred on lap six, the fast speeds and close competition engulfed the CGH Motorsports team into the incident and relegated them to a disappointing 40th place finish.
A year later, armed with a new Chevrolet Impala SS and rejuvenated confidence, the former Legends Car Series (LCS) driver returns to the "World Center of Racing" looking to prove that he can master the high banks of Daytona.
"I'm looking forward to Daytona this week," said Hackenbracht, who aims to make his 10th career ARCA start this weekend. "We came to the test and even though we produced a top-10 time in the overall session, it wasn't enough. We've made some significant changes to our CGH Motorsports race car and I'm anticipating a solid start to the season for us."
While it can be somewhat painful to rehash on the past, Hackenbracht admits he learned something last February and doesn't plan to find himself in the same situation again. "That was my first ever restrictor plate race," the New Philadelphia Ohio native recalled. "We had a good car and were steadily making our way through the field and all heck broke loose ahead of us. I tried to avoid it but we were swept into it along with some other cars. It stunk. It was hard to swallow. You cannot predict what is going to happen at a place like Daytona or Talladega, but being involved in the wreck did make me more aware of what is going on ahead of me."
Hackenbracht continued, "With our team set to make a run at this championship, we know that we really can't afford any errors. Our goals are much like the other teams. We want to qualify as near to the front as possible; then find our comfort zone in the race and be able to find ourselves at the right spot at the right time when the checkered flag is near. Hopefully, we used our mulligan at Daytona last year."
In addition to Tastee Apple, Performance Vehicle Works (PVW) will join the Concord-North Carolina based team as an associate marketing partner for the ARCA season-opener at Daytona. PVW, also located in Concord, North Carolina is a full-service body and repair company owned by former Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates repair master head Timmy McKichan.
"I'm extremely appreciative of Timmy and his team for stepping up and helping out not only with the car but as an associate marketing partner this weekend at Daytona. I didn't know Timmy before December, but once we were introduced, we really clicked and he really has been helpful in making sure that our team is heading in the right direction. We're glad to have him on our side."
Veteran spotter Tobi Whealdon will guide Hackenbracht as the frontstretch spotter for Hackenbracht's third ever restrictor plate race Saturday afternoon. Current NASCAR driver and mentor J.C. Stout will serve as the team's backstretch spotter on race day.
-source: cgh motorsports