PENSACOLA, Fla. – Several teams spent Tuesday testing for the upcoming ARCA Pensacola 200 presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions at Five Flags Speedway on March 9.
Among those in action during the test were Venturini Motorsports and Chad Bryant Racing.
Venturini’s three drivers – former Snowball Derby winner Christian Eckes, 2018 ARCA Daytona winner Michael Self, and two-time short track winner Chandler Smith – were all working to find speed at a track that hasn’t hosted an ARCA race since 1996.
“We made a lot of progress today,” Self said. “My Venturini Motorsports team threw a lot of setups at the No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota and they made a lot of really great changes. I am very happy with where we ended up today and I can’t wait to get back here for real next week.”
One driver looking for track time will be making his first ARCA Menards Series start next weekend.
Ty Gibbs, grandson of legendary NFL coach and NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs, was making laps in his Joe Gibbs Racing-prepared Toyota seeking experience around the quick, sweeping half-mile.
“The Monster Energy/ORCA Coolers Toyota is really good and we are getting it even better,” Gibbs said. “We are really good on race runs. I really like this track so far. It’s been a lot of fun to drive.”
Chad Bryant Racing had two cars at the test, one for championship contender Joe Graf Jr. and the other for Short Track Challenge contender and series rookie Corey Heim.
“We were fast right off the truck,” Heim said. “We made a ton of changes today but at the end of the day we were back to the setup we started the day with.”
Graf Jr. was a man of few words describing his car.
“My car was good all day,” Graf said. “Chad always brings fast cars.”