PORTLAND, Maine – As driver development takes on a more prominent role on the short-track racing secne, more and more questions arise among teams seeking to make the most of the opportunities ahead of them. That's where Wayne Setterington comes in.
Setterington, of Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR), will be one of the several industry insiders on hand at the first annual GRIP Seminar – “Get Racing's In-Depth Perspective” – held at the Seasons Event & Conference Center in Portland, Maine, this coming January 19-22. While the four-day short-track racing seminar will explore setup information, suspension and brake technology, spotting technique and marketing, it will also feature a focus on driver development.
Setterington will let teams know how to make their own racing resumes stand out to the people making the decisions on the next generation of NASCAR stars. He will attend the seminar from Friday, January 20 through Sunday, January 22.
“This will be a great opportunity for people to get face-time with somebody who understands every element of how driver development works,” said Gary Crooks, founder of GRIP. “We're excited that Wayne will be at the seminar. He's going to explain what teams are looking for, and he'll be available to anyone at the seminar who wants to talk one-on-one about how to jumpstart their own racing careers.”
Currently, Setterington oversees the two-car BKR development program, which includes Super Late Model competition in series based in the southeastern part of the United States. He is also the team manager for the BKR No. 29 Dodge in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Setterington said he's looking forward to meeting with prospective drivers in Portland.
“I really enjoy the development part of racing,” Setterington said. “It's a unique aspect of the game today. Organizations like BKR understand that we need to continue to groom the next wave of drivers to ensure that our sport puts the best talent in the best positions as we all go forward together.”
Drivers will be encouraged to bring resumes with them to GRIP. In addition to being one of the GRIP presenters, Setterington will speak one-on-one with interested teams, and he will also be available to provide advice for drivers as they try and climb the racing ladder.
GRIP is designed to benefit teams from all walks of short-track racing, including PASS-sanctioned Super Late Models, ACT-sanctioned Late Models, Maritime Pro Stock and Sportsman-type cars, open-wheeled Modifieds and various weekly divisions from across North America.
Enrollment in the four-day seminar is limited to the first 100 people to register, and tickets are going fast. Multiple pricing packages are available to accommodate a variety of schedules and budgets. A special room rate at the adjacent Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, for both single- and double-occupancy, is also being offered.
For more information on GRIP or to register for the seminar, please visit www.GRIPSeminars.com or contact Gary Crooks at (704) 224-6672.
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