Scott-Eklund Racing heads to the second round of the Global Rallycross Championship at the Texas Motor Speedway this weekend eager to secure a podium finish after a solid start to the year at Charlotte.
The privateer team will renew battle against manufacturer-backed opposition in the event, which will run alongside the latest round of the IndyCar Series.
The season opener saw team principal Andy Scott come close to a podium finish in his first outing in the 600bhp Saab 9-3 being campaigned by the team this season, taking fourth place having secured his place in the final with victory in the Last Chance Qualifier.
Now, Scott will hope to impress again against a strong field featuring the likes of Marcus Gronholm, Tanner Foust and Travis Pastrana to try and secure his place at the annual X Games, which takes place at the end of the month.
“We learnt a lot at Charlotte, but we're not the only ones that learnt something,” Scott said. “All of the other teams, I'm sure, are going to line-up in Texas having learnt a great deal from the experience, so we must never underestimate the potential of our competitors. I just hope we've upped our game a bit more than the rest of them, but we'll have to wait until we get to Texas to find that out.
“When it comes down to it, how competitive we're going to be depends on what everybody has done between the two races. If I'm being honest, a lot of our time has been spent repairing the car and the damage we sustained. We've had to limit our development because of the manpower and hours we've got. But I'm sure everyone has had a similar workload and we'll be equal in advances.
“I am going to be race craft wise before the event and, while not underestimating the opposition, I still feel confident of getting a top five seed and that should convert to another top five or podium finish. There are at least five drivers that are capable of winning but you only have to get off the start in the wrong position and company. There's going to be a lot of desperate people out there who didn't come away with a good finish at Charlotte that are going to need to be in the top five to stand a chance of going to X Games. So the pressure is on, but we're ready for it.”