Friday, December 16, 2011
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Sloan Henderson of Franklin piloted team owner Brian Keselowski’s K-Automotive Motorsports car no. 29b to the eighth quickest lap out of 53 drivers, during Friday’s ARCA Racing Series, presented by Menard’s, open test at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway.
Henderson’s time and lap speed of 49.461 seconds, 181.962 mph was the fastest among the eight Dodges in the test.
Ryan Reed, the 2011 ARCA Series pole sitter at Daytona, topped the charts with a 48.857-second, 184.211-mph pass in his Venturini Motorsports Toyota.
Henderson was less than a tenth of a second off the time of 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year Joey Coulter’s fifth-quickest time. She was also more than a tenth quicker than seven-time ARCA Daytona winner Bobby Gerhart.
She was the fastest female for the session, outdistancing former Indycar driver Milka Duno, who was 20th quick. Alli Owens, a 2009 ARCA Series competitor, was 23rd quickest.
Of the five drivers entered to test for K-Automotive Motorsports, Henderson was easily the quickest after the first day of the weekend test. Fellow rookie Scott Edwards posted a 50.695-second, 177.532 mph time which was good for 39th quickest out of the 53-driver field.
Test drivers Andy Jones, Bobby Pelland and Bob Bryant did not run.
Testing resumes today (Saturday, Dec. 17th) from 9 a.m. to noon, and then from 1-5 p.m. You can follow the testing session’s live timing and scoring on ARCARacing.com.Tweet
Franklin race driver Sloan Henderson has been invited by K-Automotive Motorsports and team owner Brian Kesolowski to participate in an Open ARCA Test, today through Dec. 18 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Kesolowski’s team is entering the ARCA Series for the first time in 2012, and they hope to make their ARCA team a stage for the country’s top future auto racing stars to show their stuff.
Henderson, the 2010 NASCAR Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award winner, earned her ARCA Series license on her very first lap of an ARCA test last season. She served as a developmental driver for Coulter Motorsports and was an assistant coach along with former NASCAR Sprint Cup stock car racing legend Ernie Irvan on the CMT television series “Made” last season.
Henderson was invited to the test with fellow racing phenoms Sam Edwards (Cullman, Ala.), Andy Jones (Princeton, Minn.), Bobby Pelland (Cranston, R.I.) and Bob Bryant (Ocean Springs, Mich.).
The team is accepting sponsorship inquiries. Interested sponsors should contact: Jennifer Calandrillo, K-Automotive Motorsports, P.O. Box 1612, Huntersville, N.C. 28070 or send e-mail to: Jen@InfieldJen.com.Tweet