TOLEDO, Ohio – official team release – ARCA photo —
Bobby Gerhart Racing (BGR) announced on Wednesday that it has re-signed Lucas Oil for the 2015 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season.
“The 2015 season marks our 12th year with Lucas Oil,” Bobby Gerhart said. “We are very proud of our association with Lucas Oil and the success that we have enjoyed together at Daytona. We are looking forward to another strong effort in the 2015 Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real at Daytona.”
“Another strong effort” is what most have come to expect from Gerhart when it comes to Daytona.
The Lebanon, Pennsylvania veteran, with his brother Bill Gerhart as Crew Chief, is the all-time winner at Daytona with eight victories among 10 top-five finishes and 15 top-10s. He is also atop the all-time ARCA lap leader total at Daytona, leading 518 laps overall in 14 races, the equivalent of 1,295 miles. His Daytona career marks also include four Menards Pole Awards presented by Ansell.
“We’re shooting for our seventh win with Lucas Oil and ninth overall,” Gerhart said. “We won three in a row twice with Lucas on the car. It’s been a great relationship, and we’re honored to bring it back for ’15.”
The Gerhart brothers have always attributed their success at the “World Center of Racing” to a vigorous testing schedule.
“We’ve never had less than two cars at the test, and more often than not, it’s as many as four cars,” Bill Gerhart said. “We’ve got the new ARCA Ilmor 396 engine already in our Lucas Oil Chevrolet, so we’re very eager to get down for testing to begin learning our new engine package. We’ve attributed much of our success at Daytona to pre-season testing; for us, it’s made all the difference. It’s going to be a busy and exciting time for the BGR Lucas Oil team.
“Both cars we’re bringing are former Daytona winners,” Bill added. “They have four victories between them, each winning twice. They have both exclusively only been used at Daytona.”
Gerhart, 56, will be going after his ninth victory at Daytona on February 14, 2015 in the 52nd annual Lucas Oil 200.
Bobby is also a big proponent of testing when it comes to Daytona.
“Testing for Daytona, in my opinion, is paramount to winning the race,” Bobby added. “It’s very difficult to win there without testing, so if you want to win, you’ve got to get serious about testing.
“We do not utilize the test to promote ourselves. I’m not suggesting that it would be wrong to do so; I’m just saying we don’t concern ourselves with topping the charts at the test. All we do is all we’ve ever done – to try and make gains on a legitimate basis. We don’t feel the need or desire to get on top of the charts for promotional purposes.”
And if you compare over the years, one would note that Gerhart’s test speeds, which hover mid-pack, are fairly consistent with the speeds he brings back to the table come race time.
“If we can’t come back and back up what we’ve been able to accomplish and learn at the test, then we’re wasting our time.”
This year’s Daytona ARCA 200 will be Gerhart’s 28th consecutive start at Daytona, a record for consecutive starts there.
CREDIT: Bobby Gerhart Racing/ARCA