ZACH STROUPE MAKES FULL-SCALE DEBUT IN 3/4-SCALE CAR THIS WEEKEND
12-Year-Old Has Been Making Name for Himself Already
Pro Challenge cars are 3/4–scale race machines with 4/4-scale drivers racing them at 4/4-scale tracks like Bristol Motor Speedway and Hickory Motor Speedway. And while two out of three of those scales are the norm, this weekend Zach Stroupe will make his Pro Challenge debut and he currently fits right into the series mold. The 12-year-old racing phenom could be considered ¾-scale himself as far as his size, yet his proven track record in both a Bandolero and Legends car competition puts Stroupe at a 4/4-scale level when it comes to talent.
“My goal is a top-three finish,” said Stroupe, who is a former Bandolero champion from the Lowe’s Motor Speedway. “I’d be happy with a top five, but I always want to do the best that I can.”
With Stroupe’s 13th birthday coming up on October 28th, a trophy from the race would be a very welcome birthday gift.
“Yeah, that would be a cool present,” said the smiling young man.
Watch for 12-year-old Zach Stroupe as he makes a name for himself on short tracks throughout the Southeast and stay tuned for the launch of the all-new www.zachstroupe.com coming soon.
Stroupe made the step up to a Legends car earlier this season with a limited slate of races and turned a few heads with his performances.
“I raced a Legends four times this year and in three of those races, I was the youngest driver of the bunch. There wasn’t a lot of pressure driving that because I’ve raced at these tracks a lot. One of my four races was at Hickory. It’s a fun track, it’s pretty big and having raced there before will help my transition to the Pro Challenge car.”
As Stroupe heads to Hickory, his driving suit might be small, but
his hopes are big.
Stroupe is fresh off a successful test at Hickory, where he got into a Pro Challenge car for the first time ever, and set the quickest time in the session that featured a number of series regulars.
“It was a lot of fun to test the Pro Challenge car,” said Stroupe. “It wasn’t as hard to drive as I thought it would be. It was very similar to a Legends car. It was extremely comfortable to drive and the people in the series were really great to work with. It’s a more challenging series than I’m used to and there are a lot of adjustments on the cars. I think that it will be harder to win, but I’m up for the challenge.”
John Freeman practices his #57 at Bristol last week.