The road to Daytona is underway for Cody Coughlin as he is eager to make his first start at Daytona International Speedway next month.
The Joe Gibbs Racing Development driver was in North Carolina this week to start prepping for the ARCA Racing Series Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real on Saturday, February 14th at the “World Center of Racing.”
The 19-year-old made stops at Venturini Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing.
“We were in Charlotte getting fitted in the number-55 JEGS Toyota Camry and getting it ready for Daytona. We had a great test there last month, so I’m pretty excited.”Coughlin said. “There were a couple of things I wanted to tweak within the interior and we got that taken care of. I think we are ready to rock n roll.”
During the ARCA Racing Series Open Test last month, Coughlin posted the eighth fastest time during the test with a speed of 187.165 mph. It was the first time he drove around the 2.5-mile oval and got some experience in the draft for the Valentine’s Day race.
The test achieved the team’s goal of not only getting him some seat time, but also to work on a setup for the race. Both of these achievements proved to be a great momentum builder for Coughlin.
“It’s super exciting,”Coughlin exclaimed. “It is everybody’s dream in racing to race at Daytona and hopefully win. I think we have the opportunity to do that with Venturini Motorsports. The no. 55 JEGS Toyota Camry should be strong and I am excited to get back down there next month. It will be a dream come true.”
Team JEGS Manager Kevin Hamlin joined Cody on the trip to North Carolina.
Along with the support from JEGS, Joe Gibbs Racing and Venturini Motorsports, Cody Coughlin continues to receive great support from his family that includes his parents, John & Di, and his sister, Kennedi.
“I really appreciate what everyone has done for me and all the sacrifices that have been made for me in 2015”Coughlin said. “My family continues to stand behind on me in assisting me of reaching my goal to get the highest level of racing. Last year, we made a big jump and hopefully we can leap higher 2015 together. The Lord has truly blessed me with a great opportunity.”
The Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real is scheduled for Saturday, February 14th at Daytona International Speedway at 4:15pm ET. Cody will be on track for practice on Thursday, February 12th from 4-6pm ET. Final practice is scheduled from 9:30-10:30am ET, with qualifying at 3:30pm ET on Friday, February 13th.
Fans will have a chance to meet Cody from 12:30-2pm on Saturday, February 14th during the ARCA All-Access/Open Garage session. Cody will be at the Venturini Motorsports garage to meet and sign autographs.
For more information on Cody Coughlin and Team JEGS, visit www.teamjegs.com and follow Cody on Twitter, @cody_coughlin. You can also follow Team JEGS on Twitter, @TeamJEGS and “Like”JEGS Performance on Facebook.
Contact: Bob Dillner –[email protected]
-Team JEGS Press Release
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