Wordelman Gets Joe Gibbs Racing Tryout
ALTAMAHAW, N.C. — Bryan Wordelman got to fulfill a life-long dream Tuesday afternoon when he strapped into a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry for a test session at North Carolina’s Ace Speedway.
Wordelman got the opportunity as part of his prize package for winning the 2010 Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil ASA Member Track National Championship.
“It was an awesome experience. Still can’t believe it really. I really can’t put it into words,” Wordelman said. “We knew about the Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil ASA Member Track National Championship, but only one guy wins it each year. I never dreamed that I would be that one person.”
Wordelman got to the track, but morning showers delayed the start of testing at the four-tenths-mile oval. After Darrell Wallace, Jr. shook down the car, it was Wordelman’s turn to get behind the wheel. He sat in the car for a little over three hours, communicating with crew chief Bryant Frazier on adjustments to make the car better.
“I was very impressed with the whole day. I felt like when it came off of the truck and shook the car down, within the first five laps he was right there up to speed. He took to the car and the track real quick,” Frazier said. “I thought it was a successful day. We worked all day and he made good decisions [with] what the car was doing and we tried to prepare with changes to make it go faster and it picked up all day.
“I think he has a bright future. He was very personable, easy to get along with, and can definitely drive a race car,” Frazier said. “If the right breaks come his way, he will have a bright future.
Wordelman, along with his wife Amy and Don his father, will be back at Joe Gibbs Racing today for a tour of both the Cup and Nationwide shops. They are also going to visit the Charlotte area throughout the rest of the week.
Wordelman is planning to return to Ace Speedway Saturday night he may get behind the wheel of Ace Speedway General Manager Brad Allen’s modified.