GRIMSBY, ON- NASCAR Canadian Tire Series rookie Cayden Lapcevich will make his first career oval start with the series, in Saturday’s ‘Budweiser 300’ at Autodrome Chaudiere.
“I love trying out new tracks,” smiled Lapcevich when asked about this weekend’s upcoming debut. “The challenge of unloading at a place you’ve never seen before and having to figure out what works and what doesn’t is one of the most exciting parts about being a driver”
“When we were racing Quarter Midgets it felt like we were going to a new track every other week. So learning a place in a couple of hours is nothing for us. The tracks a little bigger and the cars are a little heavier – but other than that the goal is the same”
Although ‘The Prodigy’ has yet to see the facility in person, it hasn’t stopped the teenager from doing his best to formulate a game plan.
“I’ve been watching a ton of YouTube videos,” explains the third-generation star. “Whatever onboard footage I can find has been a huge help in trying to figure out the best line to run”
“It looks really tight. It’s the kind of track that seems like it can really beat up your tires and brakes. We’re really going to focus on saving our equipment – especially if we fall into a long green flag run”
With only a road course start at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 17th to fall back on, Lapcevich maintains his team is keeping their goals realistic entering the 300-lap affair.
“We’re hoping to stay on the lead lap and have the car in one piece when it’s time to load up at the end of the night,” says Lapcevich. “I’ve never raced on an oval in these cars before, so I’m sure we’re going to learn a ton. If we can steer clear of the wrecks and bring home a top-10 finish I’ll be a really happy guy.”
Cayden Lapcevich’s 2015 season is made possible thanks to the support of Tim Hortons,Castrol, Cathcart Trucking, Springers Meats, EPIC Racewear and Troy Cove Marine.
Fans can keep up with ‘The Prodigy’ by following him on Twitter @CaydenLapcevich and visiting the official Cayden Lapcevich Racing page on Facebook.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)