Marty Robertson is no stranger to driving race cars, but the newest member of Elite Motorsports knows the challenge facing him in Pro Stock this season. He made his professional debut in the category Friday in the Curing Kids Cancer Chevy Camaro and didn't make full pulls on either pass.
He says he doesn't feel any anxiety about qualifying for the 20-car Pro Stock field at the 60th Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com. He certainly didn't sound nervous, despite having four cars to pass entering Saturday qualifying.
"I had a little bit of the jitters, but it was pretty good overall," said Robertson. "The first run was a bit of anxiety, but the second one we just had some things to work out with the car but we'll get it all together."
Robertson made 12 runs during preseason testing, which is a fine foundation but puts him early in the learning curve of a Pro Stock racer's career. It will take time for the Texan, who has Pro Mod experience, to be consistent behind the wheel of his Camaro; but the Elite Motorsports team, including Erica Enders, feels confident he'll be solid this year.
She was one of the members of the team that helped Robertson through the learning process during testing and will continue to do so throughout the season. That's part of what makes joining Elite Motorsports such a great deal for Robertson, who is racing a full season in his charity-bannered Camaro.
He will chase a 6.647-second bump spot, currently held by Val Smeland, to qualify for his first as an NHRA professional. Oh, and he's not currently looking to race Pro Mod -- but he's also not ruling it out.
"I'm not saying I won't if the opportunity presents itself, but I'm not looking to do it."