Following a multitude of success in Late Models, Ty Majeski got the opportunity from Roush Fenway Racing to run three NASCAR XFINITY Series races last year, scoring a season-best 10th-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Now primed with an expanded schedule for 2018, the 23-year-old took some time to share his thoughts with POPULAR SPEED.
POPULAR SPEED: What are your thoughts entering the 2018 season?
TY MAJESKI: I’m optimistic about it. I know Roush Fenway has put a lot of resources in continuing to make our racecars better, and Mike Kelley has good experience, winning a few championships with Ricky Stenhouse (Jr.). So I think it’ll be a good year for all of us drivers, being able to lean on each other and make each other better as the year progresses.
PS: What are your goals and expectations for the year?
TY: I think the biggest thing for me is to continue to get better each and every race. The biggest thing is to continue to get better on pit road. I don’t have a ton of experience doing pit stops, or anything like that, so it will be important for me to execute in those areas and continue to improve as the year goes on.
PS: What track are you most excited to get to?
TY: I would say Bristol (Motor Speedway). I remember growing up as a kid, and going to the Bristol race every spring. Now I will be competing in it, so it’s pretty special for me. it’s just a really cool race track – multiple grooves, real racey, and it’s a short track, and that’s kind of where I’ve grown up racing.
PS: Running the three races last year, what surprised you the most?
TY: I don’t know if it was one thing in particular. Probably just the aerodynamics of it. Obviously, you’re going so much faster than you are on a short track, which is what I am used to. So I went to Homestead(-Miami Speedway), for example, a mile-and-a-half, and there’s so much aerodynamics. Just playing with the air, when you get behind a car and what it does to the balance, and just learning how to navigate and pass with the aerodynamic differences in traffic versus by yourself.
PS: Of course, you started off this year in a big way with the Rolex 24. How was that experience for you?
TY: That was great. I can’t thank Ford Performance and everybody at Multimatic Race Performance for giving us Ford drivers the opportunity to make ourselves better racecar drivers on road courses. It was my first ever road course race, so to get on the podium was pretty special.
PS: How did you get started in racing?
TY: I started racing go-karts when I was nine-years-old, and just continued up the ranks – dirt oval go-kart racing, and moved into a short track late model when I was 16 or 17. I just kept moving up the ranks from there.
PS: You’ve had a lot of late model success to date. What’s been your most memorable win to date?
TY: I don’t know if there’s one particular race that sticks out in my mind. I would say just being able to be consistent and be one of the top short track drivers/teams for three, four years in a row. It’s hard to get to the top, but it’s even harder to stay there. I felt like we did a great job of doing that for three or four years now, and that’s something to be proud of for our whole team.
PS: With your XFINITY schedule in hand, will we see you in a Late Model this year?
TY: Yes, I will be running some Late Model events. Right now, we have five on the schedule, but are looking to add some more here as the rest of my schedule gets finalized.
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