Road Course Savvy Robb Brent Looking Forward To Palm Beach JUPITER, Florida (February 22, 2010) - - The ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards usually enjoys a two-month break between the first two races of the season but the start...
Road Course Savvy Robb Brent Looking Forward To Palm Beach
JUPITER, Florida (February 22, 2010) - - The ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards usually enjoys a two-month break between the first two races of the season but the start of a new decade has brought change. For the first time in a long time the sanctioning body has put a second race on the schedule in the month of February. Ironically it happens to come at the newly redesigned Palm Beach (Fla.) International Raceway. For Allgaier Motorsports driver Robb Brent, the timing is perfect.
"Heck yeah, I'm excited," said Brent, a veteran road course racer. ARCA is really throwing a curve at us this year by going to a superspeedway like Daytona and then two weeks later a road course but we're ready to embrace it with open arms."
Brent enters the second race of the season on the heels of a solid run at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway where he steered the No. 36 Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep Dodge Charger to a 13th place finish. The effort was a personal best for the Shelby Township, Michigan native on a restrictor plate track.
Switching gears, Brent has left the thrill of Daytona behind him and is focused on showcasing his road course skills on a brand new track.
"Palm Beach is a nice place," added Brent. "The track has some impressive speed with some super tight corners but that should make the race very exciting. We truly have a legitimate chance at winning Saturday's race."
Without hesitation, it's easy to place the 23-year old as a pre-race favorite. Last year at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Brent stood out in the competitive pack. After qualifying sixth, Brent easily marched forward into the field and was in the hunt to win his first career ARCA event but eventually had to settle for fourth. Despite just missing the podium, the effort rewarded the upcoming driver with his career best finish in ARCA competition.
"Road course racing is a lot of fun," added Brent. "It throws some different techniques at you from a team and driver standpoint. While you are focused on staying on the track -- you're also looking at who you are racing with, pit strategy and even weather." Speaking of weather, Brent participated in an open test at Palm Beach earlier this month and tested the Hoosier rain tire should the sanctioning body be forced to put their competitors on slicks. Overall, Brent was pleased.
"We're going to be fine with the rain tire," he said. "If we have to race in the rain -- that throws a different factor at the competitors but if everyone uses their heads we should still have a good race."
Currently, Brent occupies the 13th position in the ARCA Racing Series point standings sitting just 15 points from entering the top-10 and 70 markers from the top-spot.
"Points are important but last year it was a totally different ball-game," Brent stated. "We missed the show at Daytona last year and we had to literally play catch-up all year long. Thankfully this year we're not in the same position but we still have to keep the long term goal within reach."
Washington Township, Michigan based Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep will continue it's long-time association with Brent and serve as the primary sponsor on Brent's No. 36 Dodge Charger this weekend. Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep has backed Brent since his entrance into racing at the age of 16.
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