Theriault Daytona test summary 2007-12-19

WITH TESTING COMPLETE, MICHELLE THERIAULT FOCUSES ON 2008 SEASON Mooresville, N.C. (Dec. 19, 2007) - Following a successful completion of the ARCA RE/MAX Series open test session at Daytona International Speedway on December 14-16, ...

WITH TESTING COMPLETE, MICHELLE THERIAULT FOCUSES ON 2008 SEASON

Mooresville, N.C. (Dec. 19, 2007) - Following a successful completion of the ARCA RE/MAX Series open test session at Daytona International Speedway on December 14-16, Michelle Theriault is focusing all of her attention on competing full-time in 2008. The 21-year-old's plans for the 2008 season have yet to be finalized.

"I'd like to once again thank Rick Markle Racing for providing me a car at the test." said Theriault. "Without their support, I probably would not have been able to participate." The Bristol, Conn. Native piloted the No. 68 Rick Markle Racing Chevrolet. "From my stand point, the test went very well," said Theriault. "I learned a lot about restrictor plate racing and hope to have the chance to put it to use in the ARCA 200 in February."

The three day test session marked Theriault's first opportunity to draft. Drafting is a technique where competitors align in a close group in order to reduce the overall effect of drag. "For me, drafting was definitely the highlight of the test," explained Theriault. "Any driver can draft, but it takes lots of experience to learn how to use it to your advantage.

The ARCA officials watch drafting practice closely to determine if a driver is ready to compete on a superspeedway. I'm happy to say they approved me. "My goal is to compete full-time in ARCA in 2008," continued Theriault. "If that doesn't happen due to a lack of proper funding, then I will focus on competing in select races throughout the season. One way or another I will race in 08."

In 2007, Theriault completed her rookie season in the NASCAR Busch East Series scoring two top 10 finishes in her first two starts and ended the season 13th in the championship. She also competed in six ARCA RE/MAX Series races.

-credit: mt

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