Watkins Glen International is a difficult track to conquer. Drivers who are conditioned to turning left are all of a sudden faced with the task of turning right. And while this task may seem trivial and second nature to the average driver, imagine completing such a task at 120 mph. Even the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers who took to the track two days later had enough difficulty at Watkins Glen International that there were a couple major wrecks, resulting in red flags and significant time under caution.
When merely crossing the finish line is arduous task, success isn’t always determined by winning. Sometimes, it’s determined by improvement. It is this mindset that each of the Rev Racing teammates are carrying into the second road course competition of the season this weekend. Leading the pack for Rev Racing will be none other than Sergio Peña who will be competing on a course he is very familiar with.
Sergio Peña (No. 4 L&M Ethanol Toyota) — The Winchester, VA native will be competing on a track that he’s grown familiar with over the years as VIR is located only a few hours from Peña’s hometown. Although, Peña and crew did not leave Watkins Glen International with the results that they had hoped for, they are banking that experience and familiarity with VIR will be the difference and allow him to garner another top-5 to add to his résumé.
Ryan Gifford (No. 2 UTI/NASCAR Tech Toyota) — After tire issued sidelined Gifford early in last weekend’s competition, the NASCAR Next driver will be looking to redeem himself. A top-10 at VIR would greatly contribute to his campaign to end the season on a strong note.
Bryan Ortiz (No. 6 Rev Racing Toyota Racing Development Toyota) — Ortiz will be making his season debut with Rev Racing at Virginia International Raceway. The Biscuitville 125 is the first of two races that Ortiz has signed on for with the team. Filling in for Daniel Suarez who will be competing for a title in the Mexico Toyota Series, Ortiz will look to make a statement that he is still a force to be reckoned with in the NKNPSE.
Jay Beasley (No. 42 Rev Racing Toyota Racing Development Toyota) — Beasley was one of two Rev Racing drivers who were able to successfully finish the race at Watkins Glen International. And while his 13th place finish was admirable, Beasley is convinced that he could have finished within the top-10. With a bit more turnaround time leading in VIR than the previous two races, Beasley and crew have been working around the clock to get the #42 to the exact specification for Beasley to add another top-5 to his resume.
“Going into Watkins Glen we didn’t have the car to the specifications we would have liked. We took a car that was meant to turn left to a road course with all right turns. With the extra time, we’ll be able to get the car into better shape,” said Beasley. “We were able to set the transmission off and make sure the car handles better as a road course car and not an oval car.”
Mackena Bell (No. 21 Special Smiles/Lung Force Toyota) — Perseverance. Bell has battled all season long, and battled her heart out for a 13th place finish at Watkins Glen International in a race where not everyone was lucky enough to finish. VIR will be no different and Bell will continue her goal of finishing the season on a strong note. Furthermore, with the added experience of a road course under her belt, Bell is looking to build upon last weekend and finish with a top-10 or better.
The Bully Hill Vineyards 125 will be broadcast on Sunday, Aug. 17 at 9 a.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.
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