Goeters Eyes Daytona Debut
February 6, 2013 | 5:21 P.M. EST
Jorge Goeters will get his first taste of Daytona competition later this month in the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach. (Photo: OCESA)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jorge Goeters, the reigning NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series champion, is getting set to add "The World Center of Racing" to his driving résumé.
The Mexico City native will make his first trip to Daytona International Speedway this month for the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach. Alongside champions from NASCAR's other international series – Euro-Racecar NASCAR Touring Series and the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Presented by Mobil 1 – Goeters will take part in the K&N Pro Series portion of the three-pronged event that will also include a combination race for the two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours and Late Model competition for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
Goeters earned a guaranteed starting position in the race by virtue of winning the Toyota Series championship in 2012. It was his second series title but first in the NASCAR era in Mexico that began in 2007.
The Battle At The Beach will be contested Feb. 18-19 on a .4-mile oval on the Daytona backstretch. The short-track event is new to the facility and a byproduct of the track's 2010 repaving project.
The tight quarters will add a component to which Goeters is not entirely accustomed. The shortest track on which the Toyota Series races is the half-mile Autódromo Potosino near San Luis Potosí, Mexico. However, the series routinely has fields of 30 or more cars that put a premium on real estate - even on larger tracks.
“I've always considered myself a winning driver,” Goeters said. “Believing is as important as working hard. That belief is what drives everyone, which turns into hard work, which makes dreams come true.”
Another shift from the norm for Goeters will be the equipment he'll drive. The cars used in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series are different from what he is used to, but the veteran doesn’t expect a difficult transition. Goeters’ car is being fielded by Viva La Raza Racing, which competed in several K&N Pro Series East events in 2012. The experienced crew will be able to make the necessary changes for Goeters, who has occasionally driven in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models will have qualifying races and a 150-lap feature on Monday, Feb. 18, while the racing on Feb. 19 will include a similar schedule of qualifying races and 150-lap events for both the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours and NASCAR K&N Pro Series.
Both nights of racing action will be streamed live at MotorRacingNetwork.com, starting at 7 p.m. (ET).