19-Year-Old Has Plenty of Help from Other Veterans in Making Transition
Rogers has been testing at Hickory, here, getting his car a little sideways.
Such is the case for 2005 Hooters Pro Cup Series Rookie of the Year contender Andrew Rogers. Since announcing his run for the rookie title in 2005, the former Legends and Thunder Roadster competitor has been busy preparing for the 2005 season by prepping his car and testing.
“It's been a really busy time,” said the 19-year-old Rogers. “We have one car that we bought from Bobby Gill. It is a really good car. It's one that he drove for most of the first half of last year and I think he won three or four times in it. We just got a new motor from Automotive Specialists to put in the car and we've
been taking it to Hickory (Motor Speedway) to test and to also get some of the bugs worked out of it.
“We've been to Hickory twice. We took along Brad Rogers (the 2004 Pro Cup Southern Division Rookie of the Year) and he shook down the car and really just helped me out and told me what I needed to do to get out on the track. He pretty much told me I was overdriving the car and let me know what I needed to do to get smoother and faster in the car.
As a rookie, what is the best way to make the transition from one racing league to the next? Well, have a little veteran help of course. And when the veterans that are helping you out are the previous year's series champion and the series rookie of the year, you know you are getting some pretty good help.
me into the Pro Cup car. The Legends cars teach you a lot about throttle control and wheel spin and cars breaking loose coming off the corner.
“There have been a couple of times I've had the car loose coming up off of the corner, but I've never really felt out of control. I think I've adapted to them quicker than some of my guys even thought I would.”
The other thing that has come out of all of the preseason testing for Rogers has been the goals he and his team are setting for themselves this year.
The learning curve to the big, heavy Pro Cup cars as opposed to the smaller and lighter Legends and Thunder Roadster cars has been a challenge for Rogers. Yet, after only after a couple of tests, he's adapted to the bigger cars surprisingly well. Much of that smooth transition can be attributed to the help he's received from both Brad and Clay Rogers (no relation).
“I thought it was going to be a lot harder than it was, honestly. I thought there would be a lot more wheel spin because of the horsepower. The Legends car has a large horsepower to weight ratio and that feel has helped ease
Rogers (left) talks with crew chief Troy Hartman.
“Of course, our main goal is Rookie of the Year,” added Rogers. “I think we are capable of it, but it is going to be tough this year. There are a lot of good, young drivers out there with a lot of good equipment. I think it is going to be hard to win races this year, but we would obviously like to win a race or two. We've said that a top-10 is like a win for us, a top-five would be great and a win would just be beyond belief. We want to finish in the top-10 each week and not tear the car up. That is our main goal for the year and I think we will be capable of it.”
Looking at what Andrew has to work with this year,
and his talent behind the wheel, it is an attainable goal. Andrew will pilot a Billy Hess chassis that will utilize Automotive Specialists engines. Bill Rogers will provide team guidance, while Troy Hartman will be the team's crew chief.
For more information on Andrew Rogers, please contact Jeremy Troiano at (704) 726-6849 and stay tuned for the launch of a completely new Andrew Rogers website soon.