One of Central Florida’s top drivers will make the trip to Five Flags Speedway for the second Blizzard Series race of the season Friday night. Sportsman standout George Gorham Jr. is making his long-awaited Blizzard Series debut after winning races all around the Central Florida region.
The Lakeland, Florida driver has wins at 4-17 Southern Speedway, Showtime Speedway, and Auburndale Speedway so far this year, and has won championships at 4-17 Southern last year and at Showtime two years ago. However, he’s never ventured to the Florida panhandle for a Super Late model race.
Gorham will be heading to the Pensacola speed plant armed with a new Senneker Performance Super Late Model acquired during the offseason. He bought the new car in hopes of running some of the big Super Late Model races in the state of Florida. With no racing scheduled in Central Florida this weekend, it was a prime opportunity for Gorham to make his maiden trip for the Blizzard Series as he prepares for a possible run at the biggest Super Late Model race in the country.
“It’s been a long work-in-progress, I’m not going to lie,” Gorham told Speed51.com. “We built this car to run bigger races, or at least try to run bigger races. This weekend, there’s nothing going on down here where we live. I just thought it was a good opportunity to go up there and try it out. The ultimate goal is to try to make the Derby, but we need to go up there and see how we run before we make that attempt.”
Gorham has made the trip north to the Pensacola race track for the Snowball Derby in the past, but in an Outlaw Stock. He says there is not much he can take from his past experience at Five Flags due to the vast differences between a Super Late Model and an Outlaw Stock.
“The only really thing that I would say is just how to drive the track,” he said. “Everything else is a lot different, a lot less horsepower, a lot less tire, a lot less car. When I went up there with my Outlaw Stock, my car was nowhere near like theirs, it was like half of what they had. So basically just seat time was just everything I learned as far as that goes.”
Gorham is keeping his goals modest for his first Blizzard Series race Friday night as he learns the ins and outs of his new car. With a stout field expected at Five Flags Speedway, a top 10 finish would be huge for him in his first time out with the new car.
“Just to finish and try not to be any laps down,” he said. “I’m just hoping to come home with the car the way it leaves and finish in one piece. I’d be happy with a top ten for sure, top five would be amazing.”
Race fans who can’t make the trip to Five Flags Speedway will be able to watch Friday night’s race via a live video stream on the Speed51 Network. The race is one of nearly 70 that will be streamed for Speed51 Network subscribers during Summer Thunder TV presented by PFC Brakes.
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com National Correspondent
-Photo credit: George Gorham Facebook