Jake Finch and his Phoenix Racing team wanted a second opinion on the backup car they have raced at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing since Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway. Who better for the job than the reigning Snowball Derby champion?
Majeski, the 2016 World Series champion and a seven-time race winner during the Florida Speedweeks event, climbed behind the wheel of the No. 51 Super Late Model during final practice on Wednesday.
— Ty Majeski (@TyMajeski) February 10, 2021
The experience was a beneficial one for Finch, who has been searching for speed since his primary car was sidelined in an incident on opening night.
“We’ve been struggling throughout the week since Friday when we went to the backup car,” Finch told Speed51. “Ty has helped me out a lot throughout my career, and my dad has helped him some. We asked him, he has a lot of information and experience at this track. He knows what it takes to go fast. I felt like I didn’t know too much about how to get the car to go fast.”
Majeski was able to echo Finch’s sentiments about the handling of the car, but his experience allowed him to translate that feeling into actionable advice, giving the team new confidence entering Night Six.
“We asked him to hop in and asked him how he felt about the car,” said Finch. “He felt the same way, but he was able to break it down and help my crew understand more about how to make it go fast. Now, we think we have it pretty good, and we’ll see what we have in qualifying.”
Finch was also able to learn how he can improve behind the wheel during the time with Majeski behind the wheel. The young driver relished the opportunity to let one of the top Super Late Model drivers in the country pilot his car, if only for a few minutes.
“Ty’s a really good driver, one of the best in the country. He can help me understand multiple things about what I can do differently in the race car, different things and different aspects. He can help my whole crew out. Some people don’t like to do it, because they’re worried they might get their job stolen. I figured it would help me, as a race car driver, progress through the week.”
The Super Late Models will race for 35 laps as part of Wednesday’s program at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, headlined by the John Blewett III Memorial 76-lap feature for the Tour-type Modifieds.
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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