Rookie Austin Pack Looking Forward to GRIZZLY Practices at Bowman Gray
16-year old driver seeking to hone his car and his skills.
(Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC) For many competitors at Bowman Gray Stadium, the most important laps they take in 2010 may occur before the race season even officially starts.
The GRIZZLY Pre-Season Practices at the Stadium offer drivers a chance to refresh their skills – but most importantly, to make crucial adjustments to their cars in anticipation of the season opener.
One driver that will be taking advantage of every minute he can get on the track is 16-year old Austin Pack. Son of the late Brian Pack, Austin raced in two events last season as soon as he turned 16. “It was a little emotional at times, but once I got in the car it was like that was where I was meant to be at,” said Pack. “Starting in the rear and finishing 13th and then starting in the rear and finishing 12th – I don’t think that’s too bad for your first two races.”
Pack is confident that the GRIZZLY Pre-Season Practices will help him dust off his driving skills so he can start the 2010 season off strongly. “Once I get out there and start going, it’ll refresh my memory about the marks I need to hit and how to get around faster,” said Pack. “It’s the first few practices, so you don’t want to go out there and run as hard as you can and tear up your car. I’m going to go out there and find where I’m comfortable at - and then after I get comfortable, the speed is going to come on its own.”
The 16-year old Rookie has been honing his mechanical skills in the off-season, helped greatly by his grandfather, racing veteran Gene Pack. “All the guys that work on my car – they’ve been racing for I don’t know how many years. Having their knowledge and me being so young – I have a lot to learn from them,” said Austin Pack. “I’ve learned a lot in just the winter, so hopefully all of this knowledge will carry over into the season and help me be successful.”
The 2010 season at Bowman Gray Stadium will start off with a bang: the Renegade 200 – the longest and most prestigious race of the season for the Modifieds. “I just got to get a lot of seat time so I can be used to running that many laps at one time. The first 100-lapper from last year, it was a little tiring,” said Pack. “It shouldn’t be a problem for me to last 200 laps, but you also have to make your car last 200 laps.”
And for his team, that’s where the GRIZZLY Pre-Season Practices will be a crucial time of preparation. “The practices are really important. You’ve got to get it to where your car turns perfect in the corners,” said Pack. “Sometimes you come in after 10 laps of practice and change some things to see if that made it better or worse. You have to communicate with your crew members so you can help them - so they can help your car and you can get better.”
The GRIZZLY Pre-Season practices will be Saturday, April 3 and Saturday, April 10 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM; Thursday, April 15 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM; and Friday, April 23 from Noon to 5:00 PM.
For more information on the GRIZZLY Study, visit http://pnpresearch.com/