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The learning curve is set to continue for one of the XFINITY Series youngsters as @BrandonGdovic is scheduled to run six to eight races for Precision Performance Motorsports in 2016.
“I’m really excited about the upcoming season,” he told POPULAR SPEED. “I’m looking forward to getting back to the track, and continuing to gain more experience with each race at the track. It’s a good opportunity, and after running solid last year with a strong run at Watkin’s Glen, looking forward to it.”
PPM made their debut last year at Watkins Glen International with Gdovic behind the wheel, making his third career series start and finishing a solid 13th place. Gdovic’s 2016 schedule will include another road course date as he plans to run Road America in August.
“I got a chance to run a Lamborghini for some track time, and after what we showed at Watkin’s Glen, I’m hopeful for a strong run,” he said looking forward. “I think that could be one of our high points of the season.”
The full schedule for Gdovic hasn’t been released, but he did note the excitement of making his first trip to Bristol Motor Speedway.
“I’m looking forward to each of the races that I’m going to get to run,” he said. “Though I’d have to say Bristol and Road America. Bristol is always a track that I’ve loved watching races, and looked forward to running.”
The objective of the schedule is to allow Gdovic to continue to learn as a driver, and hopefully, see the finishes improve along the way. His personal expectations are higher, though.
“I always set my expectations a little higher for myself than others would. I sometimes leave the track disappointed more than others, but in a good way because I’m trying to push myself harder,” Gdovic said. “The main thing right now is completing all the laps and not getting caught up in any wrecks so we can complete all the laps.”
There is a high chance the performance will be better this year as the organization has been working hard through the off-season. PPM noted in a pre-season press release they have been working on developing the 11 XFINITY Series cars they have for the season in their new North Carolina facility. The hope is their success in the K&N Pro Series over the past five years – 28 top-10s highlighted by a win – will now translate into success in the XFINITY Series.
“As a team, we’re certainly looking to run better than we did last year,” he said. “Hopefully, we can have some strong runs, and impress people compared to what they’re expecting.”
Beyond Watkin’s Glen, Gdovic posted a 26th place finish at Texas Motor Speedway and a 30th place finish at Richmond International Raceway, driving for Jamie Dick.
The experience gained last year is certainly a start, though, as he learned how the air works with the XFINITY cars, and got used to the tire compared to the compound run in the K&N Pro Series.
Now it’s just about gaining more experience, and expanding upon it.