USAR: Lakeland CS: Joel Kaufman finale preview

Kauffman Hopes That Practice Makes Perfect LA West Team Logs Two Test Days at USA International for ProCup Finale MOORESVILLE, NC (November 22, 2004) -- If practice makes perfect, then Joel Kauffman should be in pretty good shape for the USAR ...

Kauffman Hopes That Practice Makes Perfect
LA West Team Logs Two Test Days at USA International for ProCup Finale

MOORESVILLE, NC (November 22, 2004) -- If practice makes perfect, then Joel Kauffman should be in pretty good shape for the USAR ProCup season finale this weekend, the Four Champions Memorial Hooters 300 at USA International Speedway (Lakeland, FL).

Kauffman has only logged about ten laps in actual ProCup competition at the track. He dropped out with engine failure early in last year's finale. However, he is far from a newcomer at USA International Speedway now. He tested two days at the facility last season, spent another two days testing there this past weekend and also competed in a Late Model during Speedweeks 2002 at the track.

"I probably have over 1,000 laps here," said Kauffman.

Many of those laps came in a test session on Friday and Saturday where the LA West team brought out telemetry devices and tested during the day and evening hours to acquire plenty of data. They ran qualifying set-ups under the sun and race set-ups under the lights to simulate the entire race weekend.

"We got to test a lot of different things," said Kauffman. "Overall, it was a good test and we were really happy. The telemetry lets you look at things in a different way. If you have a question, it will automatically give you the right answer."

Things didn't go smoothly all weekend, the team lost a little bit of time on Saturday morning when they blew an engine. However, the team didn't skip a beat and changed their powerplant in time to log plenty of more laps at the track. Their preparation will likely show very clearly on raceday.

"If you walk up and down the grid at a race, you can tell who tested and who didn't," said Kauffman. "It's really going to be important for us this weekend because we don't have as many laps in competition here as the southern teams. We have put a lot into this race and I hope that it will show."

Testing also helps out the driver, as well as the set-up of the racecar.

"I like testing, especially under race conditions," said Kauffman. "It's practice for me as a driver. Seat time in these cars is a big deal. Every lap that I turn makes me a better racecar driver."

Kauffman and his team are coming off of a top-10 finish in their last race -- the USAR event at Motor Mile Speedway (VA) -- and they know that a good finish at Lakeland will make the off-season much brighter.

"The biggest thing for this race is to have a good finish and carry momentum into the winter," said Kauffman. "That will make a big difference to our team. With a little bit of luck on our side, we should have a good run. We've got a great shot at a top-five finish and I think that we can battle for the win. This is a long race, 300 laps at the biggest track that we run on, so we need to stay out of trouble and be there at the end."

Kauffman and the LA West team have competed in the full season of USAR Pro Cup Northern Division racing in 2004. They scored their first series victory earlier this year at Salem Speedway (IN).

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