Combination for Success: Parker Kligerman and the rest of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitors travel to Iowa Speedway this Saturday for the American Ethanol 200 presented by Hy-Vee with eight races remaining on the 2012 season docket. Sitting fourth in the series championship point standings, Kligerman enters Iowa Speedway with two previous starts to his credit and distinctly remembers the passionate fan base and energy surrounding race weekends in the Midwest. He knows it won't take just one specific component to be successful, but is looking forward to taking on the challenge with his No. 7 Red Horse Racing team and fan support behind him.
"Iowa is the short track that thinks it's a speedway. We come there with the mentality that we are going to work on mechanical grip but the speeds are fast enough that the aerodynamics come into play too. It also has multiple grooves which the drivers like and it's definitely unique in its size and speed. So all of those things combined kind of make it a place that's challenging, but we look forward to going to, especially twice because we don't really get to see that often in our schedule," Kligerman said.
"I feel like every time I've run there it's been a show worth coming to. It shows in the fans that show up in the grandstands and we really get excited about places that the fans get excited about."
Fan Friendly Garage: Catering to the exceptional NASCAR fan base in the Midwest, Iowa Speedway and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will provide an "open garage" this weekend, giving the fans a chance to get up close to their favorite teams and drivers. The series drivers' meeting will be held under the grandstands, accessible to the fans.
Previous Race Recap: Looking to give Red Horse Racing owner Tom DeLoach his first intermediate track win on one of his personal favorite tracks, Parker Kligerman traveled to Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday with high hopes. Driving up into the top-five twice during the Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200, Kligerman showed he was capable of competing with the top competitors in the field. Fast pit stops and perseverance through tight handling conditions helped Kligerman score his third top-five finish in as many races with Red Horse Racing, finishing fourth.
Chassis History: The No. 7 Red Horse Racing team has prepared chassis no. 004 for battle at Iowa Speedway this weekend. This Tundra has only seen one previous race with teammate Timothy Peters behind the wheel and is the newest machine in the Red Horse Racing stable.
Racing for Awareness: Toyota Racing kicked off 'Racing For Awareness' last Friday, a friendly competition among women affiliated with the Toyota NASCAR program to design t-shirts that will support breast cancer awareness. Among the participants are two members of the Red Horse Racing family, Sara Peters, wife of driver Timothy Peters, and Janet Bodine, wife of driver Todd Bodine. The winning design will be selected from fan votes and produced during the Charlotte race weekend in October, and Toyota will donate $500 in the name of each participant to Carolina Breast Friends in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Vote at www.toyotaracing.com/RacingForAwareness now through Oct. 4, 2012.
Parker Kligerman on Iowa Speedway
What's it going to take to run up front at Iowa?
I think Iowa has a tendency to rely a lot on your ability to create a car or truck that turns really well in the center of the corner while having the stability on exit with the aerodynamics of it. If you can turn in the center and make the front end turn you'll be better, at Iowa you need mechanical grip in the middle, but you have to rely on aerodynamics for the exit of the turns to be successful.
What are your feelings on the open garage and fan interaction?
We wouldn't race if it weren't for the fans; they allow us to do what we love and hopefully they love what we do. If we can give them a slice or another glimpse inside the NASCAR world and the garage, and if that means opening up the garage to them for another look, I have no problem with it. I love to see the enthusiasm that shows when we get a bunch of fans in the garage. Hopefully that adds to them wanting to come back to the track and watch on TV, which all helps our series and adds to our ability to find sponsors and be able to race.
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