Pro Cup drivers put South Georgia Motorsports Park to the test Cecil, GA-Monday afternoon, twelve Hooters Pro Cup teams got to see the firsthand the newest gem of short-track racing: South Georgia Motorsports Park. "When you roll in, you can't...
Pro Cup drivers put South Georgia Motorsports Park to the test
Cecil, GA-Monday afternoon, twelve Hooters Pro Cup teams got to see the firsthand the newest gem of short-track racing: South Georgia Motorsports Park.
"When you roll in, you can't help but notice that they've built a state-of-the-art facility," said Shane Huffman. "What really impressed me was that the owners came around and wanted to know what we thought about the track. Then, they wanted to hear our suggestions about anything that could improve the track. That was commendable on their part."
Once pleasantries were exchanged, Pro Cup drivers had a chance to lap the half-mile track at speed. And this only reaffirmed their thoughts.
"The track is smooth," said Huffman. "It has a Mansfield [Motorsports Speedway] feel to it."
In the first runs by Pro Cup drivers, lap times hovered around the 19-second mark. After some tweaking, several teams dipped into the high 18-second range. With sticker tires, more testing and rubber on the track, Huffman believes the pole time will be even quicker.
"I think you're going to see the pole in the 18.40s," said Huffman. "There's a lot of grip, and it's going to be fast."
As with most new tracks, questions still abound about the two-wide racing that is synonymous with the Hooters Pro Cup Series. But with progressive banking and wide straightaways, SGMP should provide Pro Cup drivers ample opportunity pass.
"Passing is going to be hard at first because it's a new track, but we know that going in," said Huffman. "Track position is going to be key, which means pit stops are going to be crucial. I think another groove will come in, but it won't be until sometime during the race."