The excitement and anticipation was high for Luke Whitteker and the Whitteker Motorsports team last weekend (July 21-22) as they traveled to Kenly, North Carolina for Luke’s pavement racing debut at Southern National Motorsports Park.
Luke arrived in North Carolina on Wednesday, and spent the night settling in, and preparing for a busy weekend.
On Thursday, he went to the Race 101 shop, to scale the car, and load it in the hauler, getting ready for a day of practice on Friday, leading up to Saturday night’s race.
Luke had three sessions on the track on Friday, and was gaining more speed and getting more comfortable in the car each time.
“We made a few practice runs here so far, and the car feels good so far,” says Whitteker. “Hopefully the rain will stay away, and we can have a good day here tomorrow for our debut in the Race 101 car”.
On Saturday, Whitteker was back at Southern National Motorsports Park for some more practice, and then the race later in the day.
Like the previous day, the more laps he ran, the more comfortable he was inside the Race 101 car. While he was focused on the task at hand, Whitteker also kept an eye on the weather that was threatening to play a factor in his debut.
“We were really starting to get some speed, and get comfortable in the car after the second practice session,” said Whitteker. “We just need to make a few tweaks to the setup to get the car a little better. Unfortunately, it looks like rain soon, so we will see what happens here in the next little bit”.
As forecasted, the skies opened up just before final practice, and the race had to be postponed.
Whitteker will return to Southern National Motorsports Park on August 11th for another attempt. He will also race on September 29th.