NEW CAR, NEW SERIES AND NEW TRACK AWAIT KYLE FOWLER AT BIRMINGHAM
14-Year-Old Ready to Kick Off Big Season in Georgia Asphalt Series
Fourteen-year-old Kyle Fowler knows that the 2007 is a breakout season for him. Yet, his expectations are not set the world on fire, but rather to establish himself in a new racing realm.
This season will be Fowler’s first behind the wheel of a Pro Late Model as he chases the Rookie of the Year title in the Georgia Asphalt Series. Chasing wins and a championship will be a secondary goal for the Legends Car standout. Instead, Fowler is out to gain experience and learn the intricacies of running with a strong group of veteran racers in a new car while still giving it everything he’s got to hunt a strong finish in the season-opener for the Georgia Asphalt Series, the Early Bird 100 at Birmingham International Raceway (AL) on February 25th.
“I’m extremely excited to get the season started,” said Fowler. “I’ve been waiting for this race all winter. I’m just chomping at the bit ready to go for this first race.”
The 100-lap feature will be a stark contrast to the 25-lap Legends Car features he is familiar with. Add to that the fact that the Pro Late Model is a much heavier and faster racecar than he’s ever competed with. Fowler is a racer and wants to compete for wins, but he also realizes that as a rookie, getting laps on the track with the high level of competition that the Georgia Asphalt Series boasts will be the primary objective for the Early Bird.
“I just want to finish the race and have a good finish. First and foremost, I want to finish, of course. I don’t want to tear up anyone else’s equipment and that’s pretty much it.”
The Early Bird 100 may be his first Late Model race of his career, but Fowler has already been behind the wheel on several occasions during a heavy pre-season testing regimen. Fowler has tests under his belt at Birmingham, South Alabama Speedway, Peach State Speedway and Lanier National Speedway (GA) to help prepare for his first season of Late Model racing.
“The test sessions have all been really successful. We’ve been able to really get a handle on our racecar and I’ve gotten more and more comfortable in the car each time out. I really enjoy driving this Late Model. We were really good in our test at Birmingham and I think a lot of what we learned will help us in the race next week.
“We made a few qualifying runs, to see how we compared to what we heard would be a good speed at Birmingham. With what we ran, we definitely think we’re going to be good in the Early Bird. The testing certainly has been a big boost for our team.”
The Early Bird 100 is scheduled to take the green flag Sunday, February 25th at historic Birmingham International Raceway in Alabama.