Mechanical Issue ends Hutchens Road-Course Debut
When Trey Hutchens signed in at VIRginia International Raceway on Friday night, the seventeen-year-old race car driver was unsure of what to expect, he had never made a lap around a road-course.
“I was extremely fortunate to get the call to drive the Whelen Engineering Chevrolet for Marsh Racing this weekend. Unfortunately, the deal came together late and we were not able to come test, nor was I able to get any type of tangible road course experience. I knew I had a very large learning curve coming in to the weekend, and after my first few laps in the lone, quick practice session, that idea was only reinforced.”
After an incident in group qualifying, the Marsh Racing crew was forced to pull the #31 Chevrolet off the grid to fix damage and start at the rear of the field.
During the race, Hutchens hoped to gain valuable road-course experience; however, on lap 27 a mechanical failure ended his day.
“I really hate we were unable to finish the race but at the same time, I am grateful for anytime I get to be in a racecar. I had a lot of fun this weekend learning to hop curbs and shift gears and it was made possible by a group effort between Boninfante Friction and Scott Lewis Associates Inc. I am looking forward to getting back to what I do best on ovals whenever the next opportunity arises.”
Trey Hutchens Racing PR