NASCAR Star Natalie Decker Compares Her Audi R8 Experience With That in Stock Cars After Trans Am Race

Published 04/03/2021, 9:45 AM EDT
DAYTONA, FL – FEBRUARY 15: Natalie Decker, driver of the #54 DGR-Crosley N29 Technologies LLC Toyota, during qualifying for the NextEra Energy 250 on February 15, 2019 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Recently, NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Natalie Decker participated in the Trans Am Series at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval. Decker, who is known for her versatility as a driver, took on a new challenge and drove the Audi R8 in the iconic event.

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She impressed one and all with a second-place finish in the SGT Class race. This was after she won pole position honors in the qualifying race with an impressive performance.

A part-time driver in the Xfinity Series, Decker spoke about her experience recently in a chat with fans. She also highlighted the various types of cars she has driven over the years. While she started her racing car in go-karts, she kept trying other racing disciplines, including stock cars in NASCAR.

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However, she felt the experience of driving an Audi R8 was the most unique one yet.

MARTINSVILLE, VA – OCTOBER 26: Natalie Decker, DGR-Crosley, Toyota Tundra N29 Technologies (54) during the running of the 21st annual NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 on October 26, 2019 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va.(Photo by Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Natalie Decker opens up on the difference between the Audi R8 and her NASCAR cars

“I started in go-karts, I’ve driven stock cars, I’ve done a couple of things on dirt. I’ve driven a Trans-Am car, it’s called the TA-1, I’ve done all these things. But the Audi is completely different,” Decker said in response to a question.

“I’ve even driven some Formula 3 cars, like what they race at the Rolex at Daytona.

“So I’ve driven so many different cars but the Audi is just so different,” she added.

Decker then went on to explain the difference between cars like the Audi and the stock cars that she is used to driving in NASCAR Xfinity and Truck Series.

The Audi is a really heavy car that can go really fast. Additionally, technical aspects like traction control, and ABS – which prevents the brakes from locking up – are what Decker found most intriguing.

“There’s all this technical stuff that will help you drive faster and push the car faster than you normally do in the Xfinity Series, or the Trucks, or any stock car,” she said further.

“It’s a really, really fast car but it’s really heavy, and has all of these really cool things in it that I’ve never experienced. Traction control and then the ABS was really different than everything for me,” Decker continued.

TALLADEGA, AL – OCTOBER 12: Natalie Decker, DGR- Crosley, Toyota Tundra N29 Technologies (54) during the running of the 14th annual Sugarlands Shine 250 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Al.(Photo by Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

What is next on Decker’s NASCAR schedule?

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The star driver has already made one appearance in NASCAR this season. Driving for Reaume Brothers Racing/RSS Racing, Decker suffered an unfortunate early end to the Daytona Road Course race.

Next up on Decker’s schedule is the Xfinity race at Talladega, on April 24th.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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