Robert Richardson Overcoming a Case of Cabin Fever 22-Year-Old Set For Second ARCA Race Of 2005 Season McKINNEY, TX (March 23, 2005) -- For Robert Richardson, getting to race in the ARCA RE/MAX Series season-opener at Daytona International ...
Robert Richardson Overcoming a Case of Cabin Fever
22-Year-Old Set For Second ARCA Race Of 2005 Season
McKINNEY, TX (March 23, 2005) -- For Robert Richardson, getting to race in the ARCA RE/MAX Series season-opener at Daytona International Speedway was the thrill of a lifetime and something that he'd wanted to do all of his life. Even after the race, the youngster was still beaming from ear-to-ear. But that was more than a month and a half ago and that thrill can only last so long. Now Richardson is itching to get back in a racecar after suffering from what he calls a case of "cabin fever."
"We've been tinkering around down here in Texas since Daytona, but I'm ready to get going and to get racing more and more," said Richardson, who will get his chance to get back behind the wheel of a racecar this weekend when the ARCA Series visits the Nashville Superspeedway for the PFG Lester 150 on Saturday afternoon. "I've got a bad case of cabin fever."
Don't let Richardson fool you, though. It hasn't been all sitting around and waiting. The Richardson Racing team has still been doing plenty in the Motorsports world, even if it hasn't been all about racing for the checkered flag. Last week, the team joined a plethora of other ARCA teams in an open test session at Nashville. This past weekend, they set out to participate in the first USRA Series event of 2005 at Houston Motorsports Park, but the race got rained out after qualifying.
"I guess we've been busy, but I'm just ready to get to some racing again," added Richardson. "We've done some testing at Houston just trying to get a feel for everything again. When you've been out of a car all winter long, you like to just go out and get your rhythm back. So we've been working on the Late Model when we haven't been working on the ARCA car, which is where we were focused last week."
This weekend's ARCA event will not be the first time Richardson has seen the 1.5-mile track. In addition to the open test session last week in the ARCA car, Richardson also has time at the track in his #33 NASCAR Southeast Series car.
"The test went real good for us. I've had experience on the track with the Southeast Series car, so I automatically felt more confident with the line around the track. I wasn't going out there green with no experience at all, like I was at Daytona. I just worked my way up to speed and was pretty comfortable. We were just making small adjustments to the car to make it better. We were just changing stuff to pick it up a little bit.
"Based on the qualifying times at the track last year, we would have been sitting 10th after making our last run of the day, so we were happy with that. I'm just looking forward to going down there to get laps and get some experience and to have some fun."
Richardson has found success on the superspeedways in the past. In 2003, he won the ROMCO Series Super Late Model event at the Texas Motor Speedway.
"There is a big difference when running those two types of cars at the same track. The biggest part is the weight transition. The Southeast Series cars have restrictors on them, where you can basically flat foot it around the place. You have a lot more momentum in the ARCA cars thanks to the weight and speed. You got to take all of that into account when you go into the corner. There are a lot of differences on just how you drive the car in general. You have to be a little smoother with the ARCA car, where you can hammer down more in the Late Model."
Richardson will have a little extra incentive this weekend as well, carrying the Pork logo on the front of his car. The National Pork Board has invited Richardson and five other ARCA RE/MAX Series competitors to display the new Pork brand logo on the hood of their cars during the PFG Lester 150 race weekend. The custom designed hood incorporates Pork's new logo and effectively communicates the spirit of its new slogan, "Don't be blah".
The PFG Lester 150 is set to go green at 1:30 and will air LIVE on SPEED Channel.