LICATA SHOWS WELL IN ARCA TESTING AT DAYTONA
BALBOA, CALIF. (January 17, 2011)
– Back-to-back ASA TRUCK SERIES champion Joey Licata, Jr. finished
sixth overall out of 58 competitors that participated in the ARCA
Racing Series testing last week at Daytona International Speedway.
Licata, 19, is
a member of the Ron Sutton’s Winner’s Circle driver development
program based in Sacramento, CA. Penske development team,
Cunningham Motorsports, ran Licata in their famed #77 Dodge at the
three day Daytona test, in preparation for the 2011 ARCA season.
being Licata’s third ever time in an ARCA car and his first time on
the newly repaved Daytona, Licata was up to speed quickly.
“I was very
impressed with how fast Joey adapted to the speed of the famed 2.5
mile Daytona International Speedway,” Crew Chief Paul Andrews said.
“With the new pavement and no more large bumps we are seeing faster
speeds than last year. It’s very challenging for a veteran let
alone a rookie who has never been on a track larger than a 1 mile.”
banner day came on Wednesday afternoon during the drafting sessions,
when he was fifth fastest at 185.670 miles per hour. His lap time
of 48.473 was just .059 seconds off of the leader.
single car runs for the first day and a half, and then it was time
to draft with several other cars,” Andrews said. “(It was) another
impressive outing, learning how the draft works figuring out where
to be or not to be in the draft is very important. He listened to
our input…we had a great test and are look forward to going back
on Wednesday placed him sixth overall during the three day testing
successful test, Licata backed up his strong speeds in practice at
Rockingham last fall and in testing at Caraway Speedway. Licata
looks to be well-prepared to tackle the “Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200”
which will be live on SPEED on February 12.
do laps at Daytona was one of the greatest experiences of my life,”
Licata said. “Running with a team of the caliber of Cunningham
Motorsports was like nothing I have experienced before. My goals
for this first race are to stay out of trouble, be smooth in the
pits, and get a good solid finish.”
opportunity to race for Cunningham Motorsports in the ARCA Racing
Series is a big moment for the Ron Sutton’s Winner’s Circle
program. It encompasses 27 drivers from all over the world with a
NASCAR-oriented development platform.
rapidly ascended through the program, showing exceptional race craft
and talent along the way. His 2010 season was highlighted by five
poles and four wins including a victory in his first career NASCAR
performance at Daytona has made us all very proud. He has a ton of
talent and heart,” Driver Coach Ron Sutton said. “This is sure to
be just the first of many big accomplishments for this young man as
he makes his way in big league motorsports!”
Jr. Racing and Ron Sutton’s Winner’s Circle thank partners: K&N
Filters, Scribner Plastics, Allstar Performance, Sunoco Race Fuels,
and Star Racing Supply. Licata would also like to thank supporters
Jordan Kidushim and Luke Forstmann.
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