April 28th                                      Flamboro Speedway

After four years racing Go-Carts, our grandson Gehrig Halliday made his debut in Stock Car racing Saturday night at Flamboro Speedway. Gehrig represents the 3rd generation of Elliott family racing, and made everyone proud improving each time out. Fans and competitors loved the paint scheme on the Quaker State Honda.

Flamboro Speedway will not be Gehrig’s home track in 2012, but the opportunity allowed him to get some much needed seat time and learn his car.  Gehrig had never driven this car before, other than in the drive way, in fact prior to Saturday night he only had 15 laps on a race track, and that was with no one else but him.  It was very nevrving for him to race with 26 other racers, for all of us as well. 

Friends and family watched from the side lines as the little 13 year old pioneer headed to the race track, only this time with season competitors waiting. 

The feature action was intense as 27 cars started the race.  Though he was somewhat terrified his first time out Gehrig was incredibly poised by feature time.

The feature race was 25 laps and gave Gehrig a lot of experience. Every lap he was learning his own car, and as intimidating as this was for him, he obeyed the starter flags and signals to move down as the faster cars came around to lap him.  He held his lane and once the cars got by he began racing again and finishing 23rd of 27 cars, a great night. Gehrig will make his official start at Sunset Speedway May 5th with Grandpa, who will drive the Quaker State Impala for the 39th season.

 

Press Release written by Elliott Racing PR