Gus Dean optimistic but confident for road course debut
ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. For the second consecutive week in ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards competition, Gus Dean (@gusdean) is set to embrace a new form of racing.
Last Sunday, Dean wheeled his No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota around on the 1.0-mile Springfield dirt. This weekend, the Bluffton, S.C. native heads to the county side of Road America (Wisc.) looking to make left and right-hand turns in his road course debut in Sunday’s Road America 100.
Never competing on a road course outside of a Legends car, the recently turned 23-year-old heads to the 4.048-mile road course looking for his 12th top-10 finish of the season.
“Man, I’ll tell you what I’m really excited to go to the road course this weekend,” said Dean. “I know it’s going to be a big learning experience for me, but I’m ready to embrace it and succeed.”
To prepare Dean for the 14-turn race track on Sunday, the South Carolinian reunited with his Pro Cup Series mentor A.J. Frank and took to a local road course near his hometown where the SCOTT Rookie of the Year contender quickly got up to speed and into a steady comfort zone.
“I was super glad to have spent some time with AJ on Tuesday,” offered Dean. “He was responsible for a lot of my success and form in my early years of racing. He’s also very knowledgeable when it comes to road course racing and its techniques.
“He’s coming to Road America this weekend to offer support and assistance in any way he can. I think it will be great in a sense to have part of the old crew back and see if we can’t bring GREE home another good finish.”
Road America is the centerpiece of an unusual three-race stretch in ARCA. Over the course of three weeks, the Win-Tron Racing team will have tackled two dirt tracks and a road course. While all three tracks are new to Dean, the former ARCA winner said his goal for Road America this weekend is much like it was at Springfield.
“I believe if we didn’t have a motor issue late in the race at Springfield, we would have finished inside the top-10,” said Dean who finished 11th.
“Though, the good thing is we know what caused the loss of power and we didn’t take a real beating when it came to our finishing position, but we still need to keep our No. 32 GREE as close to the top-10 as possible.
“We know that the championship is outside of our reach, but the Rookie of the Year title is up for grabs and we’re doing everything we can as a team to bring home that trophy at the end of the year, while also taking GREE back to Victory Lane.
“We still have plenty of shots. I hope we can make it happen.”
With several road course ringers expected to compete in the 25-lap event on Sunday afternoon, Dean says he hopes to find himself able to follow them and pick up on their craft in hopes it will improve his lap times for Sunday’s race.
“25 laps don’t seem like a lot, but at a four-mile race track, that’s a lot,” Dean chuckled. “I just have to remember to be patient and use my head and maybe strategy will work into our advantage. It’s going to be an intriguing race.”
In 21 career ARCA Racing Series starts, Dean captured his first career victory in his second ever start at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway after starting second in Apr. 2016. Overall, Dean has six top-five and 14 top-10 finishes and has led 37 laps in ARCA competition.
The Road America 100 (25 laps / 101.25 miles) is the 15th of 20 races on the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat., Aug. 26 with a forty-five-minute session planned from 8:50 a.m. 9:35 a.m. Final practice has been etched in from 11:05 a.m. 11:50 a.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:10 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag the next day, Sun., Aug. 27 shortly after 12:00 p.m. The event will be tape-delayed on MAVTV, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the weekend’s activities. All times are local (CT).
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About Win-Tron Racing:
Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, Win-Tron Racing is a professional race team headquartered in “Race City USA.” Owned by former racer Kevin Cywinski, the team will compete for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship in 2017 with driver Gus Dean in the No. 32 GREE Toyota Camry. The team will also field a second entry in the No. 33 Toyota Camry with Justin Fontaine and others. Learn more at WinTronRacing.com or on Twitter @WinTronRacing.
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