Steve Fox to make first attempt at Daytona

Steve Fox to make first attempt at Daytona

TOLEDO, Ohio (January 25, 2016) – Hazleton, Pennsylvania’s Steve Fox has been a full-time driving instructor for years at the StockCar Racing Experience at Pocono Raceway. And when he’s not doing that, he moonlights as an instructor every chance he gets, wherever he can.

However, the 58-year-old driver will make his first attempt at Daytona Int’l Speedway in the 53rd running of the Lucas Oil 200. Fox tested the No. 3 Norm Hutton Racing Ford in the relatively recent open test at Daytona.

Steve Fox candid at Daytona Test 2016“It was just amazing to drive on that track,” Fox said. “Going into (turn) three is where your brain says this just isn’t going to work after holding it to the floor down that long backstretch. Your mind is telling you to lift, but that’s not how it’s done at Daytona. It just doesn’t seem like you can keep your foot in the gas and make it through, but it works.

“I’m used to driving it in as deep as I can, and then getting back in the gas as soon as you can in the corner, but this whole idea of never lifting is just wild. If something happens out there, it’s not going to be just a dent…you’re going to destroy the car, but if we come out in one piece, we’ll go to Talladega.”

Fox’s opportunity at the “World Center of Racing” has been made possible by, for starters, Norm Hutton, who owns the car that he will be driving.

“Norm (Hutton) became a sponsor on our Dodge at Pocono. Then he met some people with some common interests who had the desire to go to Daytona. They were all encouraged by our two finishes at Pocono last year. Norm said, ‘this is what I’ve got to spend; if you can get a motor, we’ll make this happen.’”

With a lot of help from some willing participants, all systems are currently a “go” for Daytona.

“Nick Ramey at Roush Yates rolled out the red carpet for us, or I doubt we would have been able to pull this off. It’s an older D3 motor. We knew we were down on power…we know we’ll be second string to the Ilmor’s, but we’ll do the best we can.”

Roush Yates wasn’t the only ones who ‘rolled out the red carpet’.

“We spent three days at Brad Keselowski’s shop with his brother Brian and Bob (Keselowski). They were a tremendous help so we would be as dialed in as possible for the test. We’ll show up at Daytona next month as prepared as we can be. We’ll do our best…that’s all we can do.”

Fox has 13 career ARCA Racing Series starts since 2008 and a career-best finish of 12th at Pocono in 2015. He also finished 15th at Pocono in 2012, and 16th at Pocono in 2011.  

He’s also raced on short tracks in both dirt and asphalt Late Models and Modifieds, and he’s a veteran of road racing with the SCCA in GT-1 and Formula Ford 1600.

The 53rd annual Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona is live on FS1 Saturday, February 13 and precedes NASCAR’s same-night Sprint Unlimited. The ARCA Racing Series takes to the track for practice Thursday from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Friday following final practice Friday morning (9:30 – 10:30 a.m.). ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live chat for all on-track activities.

Don Radebaugh, dradebaugh@arcaracing.com

Comments
Dino

Great story Don. Good luck Steve!

roush-yatesfan

Wow, somebody actually running a Roush-Yates D3! That is refreshing. Must be one of the few cars not running that ARCA/Ilmor/Chevy396LSX!