RON SUTTON’S WINNER’S CIRCLE DRIVER TO JOIN ARCA IN 2011
BALBOA, CALIF. (February 7, 2011)
– The 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will be joined by
talented 19 year-old rookie Joey Licata, Jr. driving for Cunningham
member of the Ron Sutton’s Winner’s Circle driver development
program, won back-to-back championship in the ASA TRUCK SERIES and
also won his first career NASCAR Modified race in 2010. Licata also
made several starts for Tim Huddleston’s High Point Racing at TOYOTA
Speedway in a NASCAR Late Model.
chief Jonathan Davis at the helm, the Kerry Sherer-owned Cunningham
Motorsports should be a threat right out of the box at Daytona.
Cunningham Motorsports is most notably known for its success in 2009
with Penske Development Driver Parker Kligerman, who finished second
in the standings with nine victories as a rookie.
A litany of
talented drivers has competed for the team over the years, including
Josh Wise, Kevin Swindell, Scott Lagasse, Jr., and more.
Winner’s Circle is a NASCAR-oriented driver development program that
works with an international roster of talented drivers who have the
commitment and potential to succeed in NASCAR racing.
Licata enjoyed throughout 2010 on the West Coast earned him the
opportunity to test with Cunningham Motorsports last fall. Licata
impressed team representatives in the testing session and was
offered the chance to drive for Cunningham in 2011.
his official ARCA Racing Series debut at Rockingham Speedway, where
he practiced in the top-three all day for Marks Racing before a
practice crash ended his weekend early.
Poised to make
a big impact this season, Licata came out of the gate with a huge
performance in the Daytona testing in January. Although it was his
first experience on the freshly repaved Daytona International
Speedway, Licata ran sixth overall for the week out of nearly 60
competitors that participated. His best speed was 185.670 miles per
looking forward to competing in the “Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200” at
Daytona, which will be live on SPEED on February 12.
race isn’t that far fetched on this one with all the updates we have
made since the test,” Licata said. “It’s a privilege to be racing
for Cunningham Motorsports and a big step in my career.”
Licata will be
the first driver from Ron Sutton’s Winner’s Circle to compete in the
ARCA Racing Series
“I truly feel
that Joey has earned this opportunity and has the skills to make the
most of it,” Driver Coach Ron Sutton said. “Joey has the talent to
race with the best of them and is very prepared to succeed in ARCA
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.
Joey Licata, Jr. Racing is online at
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