"Two-time defending Rotax DD2 National Champion tries his hand in oval racing"
Article By: Race Tech Development
Photo By: www.CodyHodgsonRacing.com
Ocala, Florida - May 16, 2011 - While the karting world has seen very little of Escalon, Californian driver Cody Hodgson since the Rotax World Finals in November of 2010, the Ocala Gran Prix sponsored pilot has been behind the wheel of his new NASCAR K&N Pro Series East machine. Competing with Dave Davis Motorsports, a high profile program out of Mooresville, North Carolina, Hodgson has already begun his march up NASCAR's ladder and is gaining knowledge and experience with each passing weekend.
"The step from karting into the NASCAR world has been an easy one for me thanks to the guys at Dave Davis Motorsports and Jorge Arellano of Ocala Gran Prix," explained Hodgson, after his first top ten result at the last event. "I am competing at all the tracks that you see on TV and where you dream of racing as a kid as well as alongside some of NASCAR's best up and coming drivers."
Hodgson started his season at the Greenville Pickens Speedway for the Kevin Whitacker 150 back at the end of March. With only testing under his belt up to this date, the Californian would try his hand at the ultra competitive wheel-to-wheel racing action that can be seen in the K&N Pro Series. Competing in the Ocala Gran Prix backed Dave Davis Motorsports Dodge, Hodgson finished on the lead lap and claimed an impressive tenth place result.
"Entering the first event, I was hoping to finish on the lead lap and secure a top twenty result," explained Hodgson. "When we got into the racing action, I found that I could run fast and consistent race laps and was not losing any time to the leader. Looking to stay out of trouble and advance forward as much as I could, I managed to finish in the tenth position and be the highest finishing Dodge driver."
Hodgson's second event would take place in mid-April at the South Boston Speedway for the South Boston 150. Looking to improve on his top ten result from the opening round, the OGP driver would suffer some setbacks due to mid race incidents. Finishing just off the lead lap, Hodgson crossed the stripe in the fifteenth position, finishing in the front half of the field for the second race in a row.
The third stop in the twelve-race program would see the Dave Davis Motorsports crew compete at the Blue Ox 100 at the famed Richmond International Raceway. Competing next to the NASCAR Nationwide program, the K&N Pro Series East cars would reach some of their highest speeds of the season as they approached 165 miles per hour.
With the biggest field of the season to date, Hodgson would compete against almost forty drivers as they looked to impress in front of some NASCAR's biggest teams. When the dust had finally settled and the checkered flag was flown, the kid from California would come home in the nineteenth position.
Hodgson continued, "My only experience in cars before the 2011 season was a nine or so in a Late model stock car in northern California. Competing with Nascimento Motorsports at 99 speedway and Roseville out there, my Dad and I went to the race track just looking to make as many laps as possible. I learned a lot and showed I could run up front. This year has been quite a big change for me as I am living on the East coast and with the support from Ocala Gran Prix and Dave Davis Motorsports, I am racing and working in motorsports."
"It hasn't been easy for me," added the 19-year-old driver. "The learning curve has been steep and the sacrifices have been big. I have learned a lot in the first four months of this season and still have a ton to go. I am making contacts for the future, meeting the right people and having great success as a rookie."
There is no downtime for the up and coming driver as Hodgson is testing on a regular basis. Preparing for the upcoming May 21 event at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, Dave Davis Motorsports and their rookie pilot will enter the K&N Pro Series East meets West event at the .875 mile high banked oval. With sixty plus cars scheduled to compete, Hodgson will look to score another solid result and continue to turn heads in the NASCAR world.
Heading to Iowa, Ocala Grand Prix sponsored Cody Hodgson currently sits tenth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East point standings.
For more information on Cody Hodgson, please visit him online at www.CodyHodgsonRacing.com. For more information on Ocala Grand Prix, OGP race team opportunities and info on how to get into karting, please visit Ocala Gran Prix online at www.OcalaGranPrix.com or contact them at 352.291.0600 ( Info@OcalaGranPrix.com ). For more information on media releases, please contact Mike Maurini at 317.270.8723 ( Mike@RaceTechDevelopment.com ).