WalTom Racing Gets Ready for Pre-Season ASA Late Model Test 18-Year-Old Stephen Leicht and Veteran Robbie Pyle Ready to Help Each Other CHICAGO, IL (April 8, 2005) -- Success in any arena, especially one as competitive as short track racing,...
WalTom Racing Gets Ready for Pre-Season ASA Late Model Test
18-Year-Old Stephen Leicht and Veteran Robbie Pyle Ready to Help Each Other
CHICAGO, IL (April 8, 2005) -- Success in any arena, especially one as competitive as short track racing, can usually be traced back to the amount of preparation and practice that a team has, along with the talent level of the organization. There is no questioning the talent at WalTom Racing based just outside of Chicago, IL. In 2005, the team will field a full-time entry in the ASA Late Model Series for Stephen Leicht and a part-time ride for Robbie Pyle. Both drivers are among the best short trackers in the country and they also have the experience of legendary ASA crew chief Howie Lettow behind them.
The WalTom team is hoping to cover the other ingredient by packing up this weekend for a pre-season test at Baer Field Speedway (IN), where the ASA Late Model season will kick off on May 7th.
The biggest thing that the WalTom team has on their to-do list this weekend is to see how the new official tire of ASA Late Models, a radial tire manufactured by Hoosier, will react to the car's handling.
"Basically, we are just going to go and see how this new tire works with the car compared to the old one," said Leicht. "We are going to bring the old BFGs with us and run them back to back with Hoosier to see what the differences are. I know that the sidewalls are a little bit different. This is the first time that Hoosier has had a radial tire for us so we are all anxious to see how they hold up on the long runs and how they react to certain situations."
But the tires won't be the only thing that the teams are working with.
"We also want to get the cars dialed in," said Leicht. "We aren't worried about speed too much. We want to be fast, but first we'll get it to handle and then we'll worry about the speed. Those are the two main points this weekend."
The pairing of a young charger like 18-year-old Leicht and a seasoned veteran Pyle gives the team the best of both worlds when it comes to testing and practice. Both racers have been able to put aside their competitiveness for the betterment of the team.
"As racers you have to compete, but as teammates you really need to help each other," said Pyle. "Down the road it benefits each person."
Leicht points out that the two might be on more equal footing to both contributing information and perspective this season. Leicht has been driving this type of racecar since age 15, while last year he was a rookie in the ASA National Tour-type cars.
"Robbie was really able to help me in the Tour car," said Leicht. "I actually know a lot more about these ASA Late Models. It's to the point now where if he has trouble, I can even help him out with these cars. I'm sure that we will help each other all year whenever he drives one of these cars."