Govert Racing team’s Jeff Cannon to race in Georgia this weekend
BY RYAN HASKELL Post-Tribune correspondent January 23, 2014 6:12PM
Updated: February 25, 2014 6:37AM
Race car driver Jeff Cannon and the Govert Auto Body Racing team left the region on Monday night ahead of the winter storm that hit the area so they’d have plenty of time to settle in at Speed Fest 2014 in Cordele, Ga.
They are hoping it all pays off this weekend.
Cannon will be competing at the Watermelon Capital Speedway on Saturday and Sunday hoping to make a name for himself and his racing team as he goes against names like Johnny Sautter (2013 Daytona Truck winner) and John Wes Townley (2014 Nationwide and Truck Series driver).
Cannon isn’t sure if he’s racing in the JEGS/CRA Pro Late Model race or the ARCA/CRA Late Model race; he might participate in both if he’s got the stamina to do it.
“We can go either way,” Cannon said of the 125-lap crate race and 200-lap late model race. “We’re going to practice both and see how we feel. We did both in Indy last year and we ended up second in the super series and fifth in the crate.”
Cannon, who won the late model series division at Illiana Speedway in 2007, ’09 and ’10, knows he’ll see superior competition in Georgia and is just hoping to qualify on Saturday to race in Sunday’s big event.
“I know Johnny Sautter has really good equipment,” he said. “We’re going south where racing is their bread and butter. They don’t take it lightly and they always have their stuff together.
“I just want to go down there and qualify into the race and hopefully luck pulls our way and we get a decent finish out of it.”
Wayne Govert, who owns both race cars, said he loves traveling to different tracks and is optimistic they can have a quality race.
“We have some friends down in Georgia,” said Govert, who has a relationship with Arob Performance Group out of Monroe, Ga. “It’s their home track and they can kind of help us with the gear ratio and we can take some pointers on where you want to enter your turn and that should help us get used to the track faster.”
Govert knows winning one of the races would be a long shot so he’s not putting that kind of pressure on Cannon.
“We just want to come home in one piece,” he said.
“Jeff’s been doing pretty good and when we go down to Indy and Madison we’re dealing with a lot more competition than at Illiana.
“This racing is a different caliaber but we’ve been racing with them and we’re competitive and that’s all we can ask for.”