Some guys just seem to have it all, they play football, baseball and run cross country in high school, they have mad racing skills, and to top it off, they have that innate quality that has the whole world cheering for them. We are taking about Troy DeCaire, at only 24 he has already amassed 20 years of racing experience. The Tampa, Florida resident made his racing debut behind the wheel of a go-kart when he was but a wee lad of four years old.
Sprint Car Driver Troy DeCaire
This marked the second win of the year at New Smyrna for DeCaire and the third with the TBARA this season.
DeCaire already owns over 20 championships in both karts and QMA quarter midgets. Last year he finished second in the Tampa Bay Area Racing Association (TBARA) point standings, and was co-champion in the Central Florida Wingless Sprint Car Association point standings, and this year is shaping up to be another stellar year for the young-gun racer.
DeCaire flew in from Indiana late last week, jumped into his familiar George Rudolph number 68 car and swept the night at New Smyrna Speedway, the half-mile banked oval located near Daytona International Speedway.
"It certainly feels good to be back in victory lane. This is my second win of the year at New Smyrna and my third with the TBARA. My car owner George Rudolph always brings a strong horse to New Smyrna, and tonight was no different," commented DeCaire after the race.
"You can't ever get to comfortable with these guys in the TBARA, they are tough every single event. I'd have to say it's the confidence I have in the type of racecar George Rudolph brings to the track that gives me an edge. He is spot on with everything. His level of know-how and his ability to find speed are second to none."
DeCaire hasn't only been doing well with the TBARA this season though, in fact for the past 30 days he has not finished outside of the top-10 in any race he has entered, regardless of state or sanction. DeCaire passes much of the credit for his success to his sponsors, such as K&N.
"I currently use the K&N air-box system and oil filters for my cars. K&N produces the best filters in the sport and I am very proud of the fact that they would think enough of what I'm doing to come on board as a product sponsor for 2010. Regardless of what form of racecar I get in on a weekly basis, I know I have the best filters on the market protecting my car's engine."
DeCaire says that winning is always good for momentum, but the team still has to stay after it and work hard every week to ensure that the second half of the season is every bit as successful as the start.
"As far as future plans go," says DeCaire," I'm just racing anything and everything I can get into. I plan to run the remainder of the Silver Crown schedule and sprinkle in some USAC National Sprint races as well. Other than that we are staying focused on running the best we can with the wing car every week."
Regarding the aforementioned natural popularity quality DeCaire possesses, this year he was voted the most popular Sprint Car driver in the state of Florida in a poll conducted by the USA Sprint Car website. He is currently back in Indiana, picking up a USAC Silver Crown car he will be preparing for the series' next race.
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