Cole Custer Road America Advance
You had some of your best outings at Road America when you raced in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and you and your fellow competitors enjoyed racing there for the first time in the Cup Series last year. How do you feel about going back this year?
“I’m really excited for Road America. It’s a very prestigious road course in our country and I think it’s a place where, if you have bad tendencies, it will show up at Road America. You have so many different corners, there are so many hard corners, it brings out some of the best road racing.
How do you think NextGen cars will perform at Road America this weekend?
“Obviously NextGen cars are very different, but we’ve seen so far that they’re very well suited to road racing. I think Road America is a really tough track – it’s a really tough road course. Like I said, if you have bad tendencies, they’re going to show up there. But with the way NextGen cars race on road courses, I think you’ll see a lot of guys succeed there. He should be even more competitive than what we have seen so far.
One of the track’s nicknames is “America’s National Park of Speed”, and fans are known to be some of the most passionate in all of motorsport. Do you like that aspect of racing there?
“These cheese lovers, they may be out of control (laughs). It’s great to get up there. Just die-hard racing fans, people who live and die near this racetrack, and I think it’s really cool to see people who are so passionate about the sport.
At just over 4 miles, a lap around the 14-turn Road America layout is the longest on the Cup Series schedule, with each lap a bit of a “road trip” in itself. If you could go on a road trip with anyone, who would it be and why?
“That’s a good question. I think a lot of people will probably say Dale Earnhardt. He’s really iconic in our sport, someone I think would be fun to talk about what it was like when he started and how much the sport has changed, and what he thinks about it now. I think that would be a really interesting conversation.