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The 2014 season is a mixture of the good, the bad and the ugly for Sergio Peña with just three top-tens in the first 11 events. He turned in his best two performances with a victory in the JEGS 250 on July 19th at Columbus Motor Speedway – his first in nearly three years – and a fourth-place finish in the Autolite Iridium XP 150 at Iowa Speedway on August 1st.
“I think the main thing is all my guys are not giving up on me,” said Peña about the recent turn around. “Everybody’s been working so hard in the shop and it was frustrating for us at the beginning of the season. It’s a new group and it seems like it took some time to get everything figured out, but I think we’ve got it figured out now.”
With his victory and two top-fives Peña and his team had high hopes about racing at Watkins Glen because they have a comfort level with road course racing.
“Growing up that’s what I raced,” said Peña about running on road courses. ” I started racing go karts when I was seven and that was strictly road courses and I also ran formula cars on road courses. That’s my whole entire background; I have more road course racing experience than I do oval racing experience and I think that advantage is going to be huge with the next two races coming up at Watkins Glen and Virginia International Raceway.”
This past weekend, however, the ugly part of their season reared its head as Peña ran into some suspension issues, leaving him with a disappointing 20th-place finish at Watkins Glen. But the team won’t let that influence their potential this Saturday at the next road course, and for good reason. Besides knowing that Peña loves racing on road courses, he has two K&N top-tens at Brainerd International Raceway and Lime Rock Park.
With just three races left in the series’ season, Peña is on a mission to regain momentum for his team at one of his favorite tracks in his home state of Virgina. If you’re in the area catch him and his No. 4 Rev Racing team at Virginia International Raceway in the Biscuitville 125 on Saturday, August 16th.