OTIS ORCHARDS, Wash. – Nicole Behar, a member of the 2015 NASCAR Next class, brings her NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Custom Welding and Fabrication Racing Team to the road course at Sonoma Raceway for Saturday's running of the Carneros 200, confident in another strong outing.
The race marks Behar's first start in a NASCAR road course event for the K&N Pro Series top female driver.
“We've had a solid season so far with our Custom Welding and Fabrication Camry and this weekend's run on the road course is another challenge that we're capable of taking on and conquering,” Behar said. “With each new track we go out to get a good feel for what the car can do and where can make adjustments. This weekend is a bit different as it's my first start on a road course, but, we'll treat it like any other race and stay focused on the work we have to do to get a solid finishes and maintain our top-10 position in the championship standings.”
In recent weeks Behar has been working with her late model on road course preparation. While the car is a bit different from her NASCAR K&N Pro Series entry in this weekend's Carneros 200, the shifting through the transmission and working the car from left to right on a course was valuable experience, she noted.
“The team set-up one of our late models and we took it to a road course at Spokane County Raceway for some practice. The feel of working the car on the course (through the corners) is important for me because of it all being a new experience. We had good laps there in Spokane with it and know all of that practice is helpful. I was able to get some laps on Sonoma as well so I can't wait to get in our Toyota for practice and see what the team and I can do in the race.”
For the team to post a good finish Behar must keep the car on the racetrack, she explained.
“At Sonoma getting off track will just result in a tough day. You can recover from it as long as the car isn't damaged but the key to posting a good finish is keeping everything under you all afternoon, hitting your marks lap after lap and concentration on the course. The weather will play a factor on the handling of the car (if it's hot), but you venture out into the dirt it's going to upset the tires and no set-up will help when you've abused them. We're going to work on logging laps and see how things set-up for us late in the going to challenge for a solid run.”
Fans can follow Behar on Twitter, @NicoleBehar33, on the team's Facebook page, Nicole Behar Racing or get racing updates for the Carneros 200 at Sonoma Raceway at hometracks.nascar.com
ABOUT NICOLE BEHAR RACING:
Based just outside of Spokane, Wash. in Otis Orchards, NBR is home to Northwest Modified Series, Tri-Track Super Late Model Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series teams for 17-year old Nicole Behar. A graduate of East Valley High School, Behar attends Eastern Washington University. Nicole is the daughter of Mike and Sherri Behar.