KYLE FOWLER GAS'ED UP FOR LATE MODEL ROOKIE CAMPAIGN
14-Year-Old Legends Car Grad Ready to Take on Veterans in Georgia Asphalt Series
Fourteen-year-old Kyle Fowler has spent much of his youth competing, and usually winning, in the Legends Car circuits around the Southeast. The young Georgia native has plenty of laps and victories throughout the region, which gives him plenty of credentials and experience to make the next big jump in his racing career – into the challenging Late Model world of the Georgia Asphalt Series.
Tim Jordan's #47 Late Model. (Race Dog Photography Photo)
Fowler will compete in the full GAS schedule in 2007, with aspirations for the series’ Rookie of the Year crown, in addition to select other Late Model starts throughout the Southeast this season.
“I’m really excited about running the GAS series this year, plus some ASA Late Model races too,” said Fowler. “It’s a big deal, because there are a lot of great drivers that I’m going to be racing against and a lot of different tracks. The main goal for the season is to get the most amount of seat-time as possible at as many different tracks as possible. I’m really fortunate because I have a lot of great people helping me out this year, and I think we’ll have a great season.”
Fowler has been a force in Legends Cars for several years, where he has emerged as one of the brightest young stars in the developmental racing ranks. The Georgia Asphalt Series schedule visits several tracks that the youngster has already competed on in Legends competition, which should give Fowler
an upper hand despite the rookie stripe on his trademark red Late Model.
“My Legends experience will come in handy when I go to some of the tracks because I know where the grip is and the preferred line, things like that. I think having that experience will be an advantage for me. I will already have seat time in a competitive form of racecar that will translate well into a Late Model.
“But I also know it’s a lot different running places in a Late Model, though, because these Late Models have so much more grip and you’re going so much faster. It’s a lot of fun because you can go through the turns a lot faster. When they kick sideways, it’s a little harder to catch up with because it’s a lot heavier and bigger.”
In just a short period of time, the Georgia Asphalt Series has become the home of the stiffest Late Model competition in the Southeast, but that doesn’t faze the young Fowler. Instead, the experience he will gain by racing alongside of cagy veterans will only help benefit his evolution as a racecar driver.
“I don’t look at it on an age perspective. I believe I can get out there and do pretty good, but I also know that I have to respect other people’s stuff so that they respect mine. I think this season’s going to be big for gaining experience because there are so many great drivers and some tough racetracks in GAS. I also really like running
in this series because it utilizes the crate motors, which is big for keeping the competition fair.”
A hefty schedule of Late Model racing in the Georgia Asphalt Series and beyond will keep Fowler busy throughout the spring, summer and fall of 2007, but he is not upset by not being able to do the things that most kids his age do during the summer. He’s solely focused on success on the racetrack.
“This is what I want to do now and it’s what I want to do for the rest of my life,” stated Fowler.
For more information on Kyle Fowler, contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 455-2051 and be on the lookout for an all-new Kyle Fowler website coming soon.
Jordan stands with the biggest Late Model trophy of the year at Waterford's banquet. (Jordan Racing Photo)
Fowler tests his #4 machine out at Lanier. (51 Photo)