Seven races in nine nights is just about every race car driver’s dream. It’s something that Midwest Super Late Model driver Ty Majeski has never experienced before, but it will finally happen for him when he makes the trip south to Florida for the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway.
“I’m really excited for it,” Majeski told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I live, eat, and breathe racing. It’s going to be awesome to go down there and race that many times in such a short period of time. The most I’ve done is I would say probably four races in a five or six day period. I’ve never done anything like seven in nine days. That’s pretty rigorous.”
The 20-year-old driver from Seymour, Wisconsin has never been to the fast half-mile oval that sits just a few miles south from the World Center of Racing. Despite never visiting the track in real life, he has still managed to turn quite a few laps around the track.
“I’m a big iRacer and New Smyrna is on iRacing, so I’ve been running the Super Late there for the last month or so since we got the word that we were going,” said Majeski. “I’ve been practicing virtually and I really like our chances down there.”
Majeski said one of his strengths has been his ability to adapt to new race tracks incredibly fast. He looked back on his championship rookie season in 2014 on the ARCA Midwest Tour and rattled off a list of tracks that he went to for the first time.
“Half the schedule of the Midwest Tour were tracks I’d never been to,” he said. “There were quite a few tracks that I’d never seen before and they were arguably some of my best performances. So I’m not too worried about that. It’s just a matter of trying to get the car as best we can.”
Between his iRacing experience on the high banks of New Smyrna and his crew’s experience there in the real world, Majeski believes the team will be able to find speed early in the week and be strong the whole time they’re in the Sunshine State.
“My team has been down there before with Rebecca Kasten,” he said, “so we have a decent baseline to start out with.”
After a championship season in 2014, Majeski has quickly developed a reputation as a contender anywhere he goes. It’s a big confidence booster for Majeski and a reputation that he hopes to hold onto.
“Coming into the season we didn’t know what we had, but a few races into the season we were definitely a contender,” said Majeski. “I think when a couple of the teams see the number 91 hauler pull up, we already have half the field beat in a way just by being there. I know coming up through the ranks I wasn’t always this way. I’d see Travis Sauter or Ross Kenseth pull up and I’d say ‘oh boy they’re going to be tough to beat’ and right then and there you’re already beat in a way.”
With the big week and a half of racing just a couple weeks away, Majeski is starting to think about his goals for the event. With his ability to quickly figure out new race tracks he feels being in the top five every race is an attainable goal, but he’s also striving for more.
“My ultimate goal is to get at least one win,” said Majeski. “I think it’ll be really cool to bring a championship home. That’s a high goal but if we get the car right we can do it.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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