Last week, it was announced 22-year-old Roush Fenway Racing development driver, Ty Majeski will make his XFINITY Series debut at Iowa Speedway in June.
The young talent has garnered much attention around the Midwest, and now the rest of the country is beginning to take notice. He made four starts in the ARCA Racing Series in 2016 for Roulo Brothers Racing, finishing as high as fourth at Madison.
Now, Majeski is ready to take on a new challenge and officially begin his NASCAR career.
“It’s a huge step, but I can’t just go out there and simply finish the race. I need to go out and perform, just like anyone else,” he told POPULAR SPEED. “I know it’s a hard goal to reach, but I’m aiming for a top 10 there.”
Majeski will feel somewhat at home, as Iowa Speedway is the heart of the Midwest and it’s close to his native Wisconsin. There will be a break-in period, though, as Majeski has never raced at Iowa Speedway.
“I’ve never been to Iowa Speedway, so it doesn’t make much of a difference if it’s Iowa or any other track I’ve never been to. I just want to learn as much as I can before we get there,” Majeski said.
Majeski fits among NASCAR’s new-age drivers in the way he prepares to race at tracks he’s never seen.
“iRacing is a huge tool for learning how to drive racetracks and simulate live race conditions like tire falloff and track surfaces,” he said. “I’ll also spend some time in the Ford simulator as well.”
He’s also leaning on people who have racing experience. One of the people he goes to with questions is Cale Gale, a former development driver for Kevin Harvick Incorporated and competed at both the Truck and XFINITY levels.
“Cale Gale is a guy who I’ve been able to lean on and gain valuable information just through our conversations,” Majeski said.
One of the things Majeski and his team prides themselves in is working hard and letting their performance do the talking, not money. He wasn’t fast-tracked to be the next superstar. Instead, he spent time in each of the ranks and gained experience, and more importantly, learned how to race.
“We’re doing it the old-fashioned way,” Majeski said. “It’s really special to go out and win races and make it through the ranks the right way. When you surround yourself with good people, good things happen, and that’s a testament what this team has been able to do.”
Majeski has high hopes for 2017, as he is set to make five or six starts in the ARCA Racing Series in an attempt to gain valuable experience competing on 1.5-milers before going full-time in either the Camping World Truck Series or the XFINITY Series beyond this year.
You can watch Majeski make his XFINITY debut in the American Ethanol E15 250 on June 24th.
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