Sean Corr racing for hometown crowd at Pocono

image“I haven’t run Pocono in a few years…that’s my home track,” Corr said. “I have a lot of family that come out for this one. My aunts and uncles, they all come out. Pocono is convenient for them because of the timing. It’s easy for them to come out after work. For my family and friends, it’s right in our backyard, pretty much.”

Driving the No. 48 Nesco/Empire Racing Group Ford Fusion, Corr is making his third start in the ARCA Racing Series in 2016. Having raced atimage Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway so far this season, the ModSpace 150 at Pocono will bring on a new challenge for Empire Racing Group.

In his most recent ARCA start, Corr brought his car home in the fifth position at Talladega. While he remains confident, he understands that Pocono requires a completely different racing technique from the two high-banked tracks he has raced on this year. The unique 2.5-mile three-turn triangle creates unique challenges for drivers and teams.

“Pocono is a totally different animal. At Pocono, you have to lift off the throttle, while at Daytona or Talladega, you better not lift. At those two tracks, you have to lock your foot on the floorboard and keep it planted. Racing at Pocono you can be even faster, but you still have to lift once you reach the corner. You have a long frontstretch before you have to ‘whoa’ it up to make the flat left turn into turn one. You then let off the throttle in the short-shoot before you ‘whoa’ it up for turn three, the final turn. Your performance at Pocono is based off of how you exit turn three to get the speed for the long frontstretch,” Corr explained.

Corr understands the challenges that Pocono may present for him and Empire Racing Group. Understanding the track is one aspect of taking on the “Tricky Triangle,” but making sure the car is balanced on all three of the turns is the most important task the team will face.

“It’s really all about dialing the car in. All three turns are completely different. It’s most important to first always try to get turn three down and feel balanced there. The way you exit turn three makes your race,” Corr said.

He added, “If you exit turn three horribly, you have the long frontstretch and you can’t make that speed up. You also don’t want to be pushing or too loose in turn one, following the high speeds of the frontstretch. Dialing it in for turn three is my main focus. Once we get that, we can make up some time in the other turns. In my personal experience, turn one is always been a little on the tight side later in the race after the tires wear down. But in the end, the exit off of turn three makes or breaks your speed on the straightaway. On Friday, that will be at the top of my list.”

Friday’s ModSpace 150 at Pocono is live on FS1 at 6:00 p.m.

Sean Corr Ready to Race for His Home Crowd at Pocono Raceway

MOORESVILLE, N.C.– Returning to his home track on the ARCA Racing Series schedule, Sean Corr looks to put on a show for his home crowd as he takes on Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. on Friday evening for the ModSpace 150.

This will be Corr’s first start at the track since 2013, when he finished 11th.

The New York native is excited to return to the track where he will be able to have friends and family supporting him. “I haven’t run Pocono in a few years. That’s my home track,” Corr said. “I have a lot of family that come out for this one. My aunts and uncles, they all come out. Pocono is convenient for them because of the timing, it is easy for them to come out after work. For my family and friends, it’s right in our backyard, pretty much.”

Driving the No. 48 Nesco/Empire Racing Group Ford Fusion, Corr is making his third start in the ARCA Racing Series 2016 season. Having raced at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway so far this season, the Pocono Raceway event will bring on a new challenge for Empire Racing Group.

In his most recent start in the ARCA Racing Series, Corr brought his car home in the fifth position at Talladega Superspeedway. While he remains confident, he understands that Pocono Raceway requires a completely different racing technique from the two high-banked tracks he has raced on this year. The unique 2.5 mi., three-turn track creates unique challenges for drivers and teams.

“Pocono is a totally different animal. At Pocono, you have to lift off the throttle, while at Daytona or Talladega, you better not lift. At those two tracks, you have to lock your foot on the floorboard and keep it planted. Racing at Pocono you can be even faster, but you still have to lift once you reach the corner. You have a long frontstretch before you have to ‘whoa’ it up to make the flat left turn into turn one. You then let off the throttle in short-shoot before you ‘whoa’ it up for turn three, the final turn. Your performance at Pocono is based off of how you exit turn three to get the speed for the long frontstretch,” Corr explained.

Corr understands the challenges that Pocono Raceway may present for him and Empire Racing Group. Understanding the track is one aspect of taking on the “Tricky Triangle,” but making sure the car is balanced on all three of the turns is the most important task the team will face.

“It’s really all about dialing the car in. All three turns there are completely different. It is most important to first always try to get turn three down and feel balanced there. The way you exit turn three makes your race,” Corr said as he broke down the three different turns of the track.

He added, “If you exit turn three horribly, you have the long frontstretch and you can’t make that speed up. You also don’t want to be pushing or too loose in turn one, following the high speeds of the frontstretch. Dialing it in for turn three is my main focus. Once we get that, we can make up some time in the other turns. In my personal experience, turn one is always been a little on the tight side later in the race after the tires wear down. But in the end, the exit off of turn three makes or breaks your speed on the straightaway. On Friday, that will be at the top of my list.”

Follow along as Sean Corr and Empire Racing Group tackle the “Tricky Triangle” on Friday, July 29 for the ModSpace 150 at Pocono Raceway. Race coverage will be found on Fox Sports 1 at 5:30 p.m.

About Empire Racing Group
Established in 2009, Empire Racing Group is a development team that strives to identify young racing talent and assist them in the advancement of their careers. While ERG originally focused on the ARCA Racing Series with drivers Sean Corr (team owner) and Mason Mitchell, the team has since expanded its reach into other series thanks in part to its alliance with Grumpy’s Performance, Inc. Under the expertise of crew chief Mike ‘Grumpy’ Cheek, ERG now competes in various Late Model series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). In 2016, Empire Racing Group will be serving as a developmental team for Richard Petty Motorsports, providing young drivers with driver coaching, technical support, as well as public relations and marketing needs. RPM will also utilize ERG for developing full pit crew for opportunities within the RPM organization. Additionally, ERG will compete in multiple racing series including the ARCA Racing Series, NCWTS, and NASCAR Late Model Series at various local short tracks. Drivers for the 2016 season include notable rising stars Austin Hill and Dylan Martin, Thad Moffitt, and now another rising star Korbin Forrister, as well as racing veteran Sean Corr. To learn more about ERG, call (704) 664-8882 or visit www.empireracinggroup.com.

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(704) 749-4075
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