NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL (Jul. 27, 2018) – The temperatures aren’t the only thing getting hotter this summer in the deep south. Racecar driver Cole Anderson is the other hot item, having won two of his last three races in the No. 97 ATF & Gunslinger Toyota pro late model. He competes again this Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway, looking to defend his win from June.
Four weeks ago, Anderson and the crew rolled into New Smyrna with a pro late model for the first time since winning the World Series of Asphalt in February. Although it had been a short while since Anderson was in the car last, he quickly came back to speed and rocketed to victory lane. A week later, he carried the same car to a win at Mobile International Speedway after capturing a pole the night before in Pensacola.
“I think it’s pretty important to continue these performances,” Anderson said about his current hot streak. “I have a lot of confidence in our team, and we’re always a top contender in the pro car wherever we go. I think if we just stay focused, we can be there at the end of each of these races.”
Anderson’s drive and focus for success has not melted despite the hot summer sun of Florida’s east coast. On Thursday, the team tested at New Smyrna in an effort to find more speed and an even better package than what they had during their last visit. The half-mile Florida track is notorious for sensitivity to weather and various other conditions which change the handling of cars during each race.
“I think we will have another good car because we tested there Thursday and it went fairly well,” Anderson explained. “After the big win in Mobile, I feel like we’re all really confident in our pro late model program more than ever. I know there will be some decent cars there, so we will have to be on our A-game for sure.”
Saturday’s weather forecast will require the team to be open to changes for weather conditions, as varying clouds and sun will see a high temperature reaching only into the mid-80s with varying humidity levels which can affect both engine tuning and available track grip.
The weekend’s on-track action will begin Saturday at 4:30 pm with divisional practice prior to time trials and pole qualifying which is scheduled to start the official racing program just after 7:30pm ET.
For more information and the latest updates about Cole Anderson visit his website at ColeAndersonRacing.com. He can also be found on social media such as Facebook (@ColeAndersonRacing), Twitter (@Cole_Anderson97) and Instagram (@Cole_Anderson97).