Eddie Sharp Racing Forgoes Talladega Test; Plans Private Test for April MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 26, 2010)-- A familiar face was missing this week at the two-day Talladega Superspeedway test for the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and ...
Eddie Sharp Racing Forgoes Talladega Test; Plans Private Test for April
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 26, 2010)-- A familiar face was missing this week at the two-day Talladega Superspeedway test for the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards. Eddie Sharp, owner of Eddie Sharp Racing, decided that his teams would forgo the open test at the Talladega in order to better prepare their superspeedway cars. He also determined that a private test would allow the team and drivers more track time and the ability to better focus on changes to the car. The team is planning a private test the first week of April.
"We are planning a private test because we think that we can accomplish much more by ourselves than we can with 20-30 guys trying to get on the track," said Sharp. "We also chose to spend the extra time in the shop due to the fact that the race isn't for another month. "
Last season, Justin Lofton took the checkered flag at Talladega in the No. 6 ESR car on the road to winning the ARCA Racing Series Championship. This season, ESR looks to continue their success at Talladega. "We are very excited to go back to Talladega and looking forward to going back there to race," said Sharp.
The team participated in the ARCA Racing Series open test at Texas Motor Speedway on March 9. The open test proved fruitful for ESR, with three drivers fielding the team's cars. Craig Goess, driver of ESR's No. 81 Toyota of Greenville, also showed that the test was helpful, finishing fourth fastest. Goess was able to get seat time and experiment with different strategies on the track. Brandon McReynolds, son of former crew chief and current Fox race analyst Larry McReynolds, was second quickest. Nelson Piquet, former Formula 1 and current NASCAR development driver, finished the test 16th quickest and was able to gain valuable track time during his first ARCA Racing Series test.
[esr.jpg] "I was really pleased with the progress we made at the Texas test," the team owner said. "From what we learned at TMS, I know that the private test in April will help our drivers be best prepared for the upcoming Talladega race."
ESR is also busy preparing for the next ARCA Racing Series race on April 11 at Salem Speedway. "Next up on our schedule is Salem, which we are all excited about," said Sharp. "We have sat on the pole there many times and won the fall 2009 race at Salem with Justin Lofton."
Looking to the next race at Salem, a unique opportunity is available for up-and-coming drivers to fill the seat of the 2009 champion. "Justin's seat is open this year at Salem," said Sharp. "We have options that we are entertaining, but there are opportunities for qualified drivers who want to race with ESR to get the chance at Salem Speedway. "