Carl Stevens Jr. showed up to the World Series Of Pro Mod (WSOPM) in 2018 to pilot Jim Bell’s Camaro with no real expectations of winning. At the conclusion of the event, Stevens found himself in the winner’s circle holding a check for $100,000. This year Stevens is even better prepared and ready to repeat as WSOPM champion.
The WSOPM is truly a unique event in the Pro Modified world since it positions the class as the marquee attraction and provides an historic payday for the racers. Holding the event at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado provides a stunning backdrop but also throws a curveball at the teams due to the high, unique elevation of the track.
Since there really is no other facility like Bandimere in the United States, it’s not possible to replicate the conditions. Stevens explains what it’s like walking into a unique situation like this for the first time in 2018 and how he’s coming well prepared this year to defend his WSOPM title.
“Last year when we rolled the car out of the trailer it wouldn’t even start or spool because of the altitude. You can’t replicate the conditions at Bandimere outside of going there. We have a bunch of good data from last year so I’m going to go over all of that and really picking it apart to see what we can do. I’ve got some new parts for this year but we can’t try them until we get there. We will be taking advantage of the testing before the event to try the different parts we’re bringing. Last year they had us at 34-pounds of boost and this year we’re at 32-pounds. That is going to make what we do different, so I’ll take advantage of those test days.”
As a driver you not only have to ensure your racecar is ready, you need to also prepare yourself mentally for a big event. The WSOPM is a big stage and it can be a challenge to get ready for everything that comes with that, especially when you’re the reigning champion.
“After winning the event it changes how you come into it the following year and how you look at the level of performance that needs to be brought to the table. During the event last year, winning it all was really the furthest thing from my mind, to be honest. There were guys from the prior year at the WSOPM with plenty of data, so beating them was tough. The only thing you can do is just look at the data, find a way to make the car perform, and take it one round at a time,” Stevens explains.
Stevens is really looking forward to making the trip to Bandimere again this year for the WSOPM.
“It’s a killer event and it’s a great show. It’s nice to be the main attraction at one of these events because most of the time in Pro Modified you’re just the sideshow. Seeing all of the fans come out to watch us race is great. The facility is amazing and all of the people there are fantastic to work with,” Stevens explains.
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