16 year old racer Gracie Trotter of Denver, North Carolina, knows the time has come. Time to take all the lessons learned from several successful seasons racing karts and Legends cars and take a big step up the racing ladder. She’ll open her rookie Super Late Model season Sunday as the PASS (Pro All Stars Series) South Tour takes the green flag at Caraway Speedway just south of Greensboro, NC in the RGS Products 125.
Gracie, part of Toyota’s Driver Development program, had her first opportunity to test at Caraway a few days ago. The high school student dodged some rain showers and made huge strides in her TRD/Calico Coatings Camry. “Since it’s my first Super Late Model race of the year, and just my fifth in the car, I have realistic goals. I know if I keep my nose clean, I feel like we’ve got a top ten car.”
For Gracie, fresh off a Legends Car campaign in 2017 that saw her notch ten feature victories, her first PASS Super Late Model run of the new season will be a big day. “I’m in between excited, and a little nervous. I have speed. Now I need to get this year off to a good start.”
Championship-winning crew chief Bond Suss leads Gracie’s team. The soft-spoken Midwesterner was impressed with how quickly his young driver got up to speed at Caraway last week. “I thought she did really well for not having seen the track before. It’s a tough place, just shy of a half mile, and the two ends are really different. Turns one and two are really technical and Gracie learned fast.”
Gracie has an ace in the hole, too, going into the PASS South opener: veteran Late Model ace Brandon Setzer is a big part of Bond Suss’ organization, and he’s helping coach Gracie this year. He’ll also be in the field at Caraway. And Gracie’s paying close attention. “Brandon helped build our car, he’s helped set it up, and he’s the number one driver I will watch and learn from at Caraway.”
Gracie’s crew chief continues to see lots of maturity in his young driver. “The hardest part with an inexperienced driver is to figure out how much to work on the car, and how much on the driver. Gracie gives greatfeedback, and she’s smart enough to know she has room to improve…she’s not always asking us to make the car better. She wants to do her part.”
Gracie Trotter starts doing her part, racing her way up the Super Late Model ladder, Sunday afternoon at Caraway Speedway in the RGS Products 125.
She plans to be in the thick of the action all day long.
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–Carolinas Production Group Press Release