DACONO, Colorado – - Tavo (C. T.) Hellmund and the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series Suzuki Motorcycles and ATVs Team are excited to be heading to Colorado National Speedway for the “NAPA 150” even though the team has never raced there.
It’s been a crazy two weeks for the team, as they ran a car for Rafael Martinez for the Phoenix race this past weekend and they’ve been preparing for this Saturday’s race in Colorado, as well as keeping up with their nationally-acclaimed “Safe and SoberÒ” programs.
“The new BMR 105-inch car was fast enough to win in Phoenix, so I can’t tell you how hard it was not to be in the driver’s seat,” Hellmund said. “Rafael qualified in a decent position (10th) and was running in the 6th position when he wrecked on lap 33. Rafael was doing a good job, but unfortunately those things happen in racing, and the car suffered severe damage.
“We’ve never raced at Colorado National before,” Hellmund continued. “We did try to test, but got rained out. The track is beautiful and they have a great tradition and super fan support. Even though we’ll be taking our old 110-inch car, we’re feeling good about this weekend’s race.
“The old car isn’t the best one to run at a track like Colorado National, but it has been a top-five car every time we’ve raced it, missing good finishes only at Irwindale due to a burned plug wire and being crashed by lapped cars at Rocky Mountain.”
It is not unusual for Hellmund and the Suzuki Motorcycles & ATVs team to race their Pontiac Grand Prix at a new track, but the Grand National Division hasn’t visited Colorado National since 2001, so the rest of the field may not have much more experience with the track than the Suzuki team. The NAPA 150 is scheduled for Saturday, October 9, and is set to air nationwide on Speed Channel.