A brief summer break has come to an end for Troy Coughlin and Troy Coughlin Jr., the father and son JEGS.com team that pilot their own Pro Mod Corvettes. There have been several days of testing with multiple runs, and the team feels mentally prepared heading into the next big competition, the 61st annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Troy Coughlin is coming into this race just five points out of first place in the Pro Mod series. While he did win the last series championship, it’s always a new race. Coughlin had this to say, “We’re definitely ready to get over there and get started. We’ve had two months off, which allowed the guys to go over both cars from one end to the other, and we’ve just finished up a couple of days of testing to make sure everything is working properly. There is nothing left to do but race.”
Coughlin continued, “It was special to win Indy, no question about that, and to have won three times in total at that place, well it’s something no one can ever take away from you. But it’s been a long time since we’ve visited that winner’s circle on my behalf, so it would be very cool to do it again all these years later. I truly think we have a great chance of getting it done this weekend. This is certainly the best car I’ve taken to Indy since 1991.”
To expand on his remark, Coughlin earned the Super Gas crown in 1991, and later won two divisional events at the Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis; the first being in the Super Comp class in 1991, and then the Super Gas category in 1993.
Rookie-pro Troy Coughlin Jr. has also felt success in Indianapolis when he won the Super Comp in 2010 and Super Gas in 2014. Coughlin Jr. will be entering two cars this weekend, in the Pro Mod and Super Gas classes, giving himself two independent chances to win.
Coughlin Jr. explained, “The more racing I can do, the happier I am. It would be super cool to defend the Super Gas title and even better to make the U.S. Nationals my first Pro Mod win. It’s been a great season so far and I’ve learned a lot. Now I’m ready to take it up another notch. We’re three and a half rounds out of first place with 16 rounds left in the season, so there is still time to make a move. This category is very hard though, and I know it’s going to be tough to accomplish anything. That just revs me up even more. I love the challenge. Indy is a long weekend and the key is staying focused on the job at hand. I want to enjoy the experience, but I want nothing more than to find a way back to the winner’s circle come Monday.”
As usual, we wish the best of luck to the entire Coughlin family and JEGS.com team, and hope that everyone racing has a safe event. After all, being strapped into a Pro Mod isn’t a bad way to spend the Labor Day weekend!