Andy Belmont Racing Adds Bill Catania to ARCA RE/MAX Line-Up CONCORD, NC (Dec. 9, 2006) -- Veteran ARCA RE/MAX Series owner and driver Andy Belmont announced today that his company Andy Belmont Racing has signed Bill Catania as a driver for the...
Andy Belmont Racing Adds Bill Catania to ARCA RE/MAX Line-Up
CONCORD, NC (Dec. 9, 2006) -- Veteran ARCA RE/MAX Series owner and driver Andy Belmont announced today that his company Andy Belmont Racing has signed Bill Catania as a driver for the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series season.
Bill Catania, 30, was born the same year Andy Belmont made his first racing start. Catania began racing at regional dirt tracks in 1993 at the age of seventeen, making a move to asphalt racing at the end of 2001. Between 2003 and 2005, Catania competed in no less than 40 late model events per year earning Rookie of the Year honors at Holland Speedway and recognition as a consistent top-ten competitor week after week. 2006 was a year of transition for Catania, familiarizing himself with the ARCA RE/MAX Series by attending multiple events with ABR and spending time at Belmont's Concord, North Carolina based shop.
Catania made his first ARCA RE/MAX Series attempt at the September running of the Hantz Group 200 at Toledo Speedway with DirectBuy on board as his primary sponsor -- posting a competitive time, but missing the field by one qualifying spot.
"Bill is a very talented racer and business person and I am proud to have him as part of our line-up. My goal over the past 10 months has been to re-energize and rebuild Andy Belmont Racing -- and Bill is an important part of building our new organization, stated Belmont."
Professionally, Catania is known for co-founding popular Internet and motorsports marketing company RaceFan, Inc. As President of RaceFan Marketing, Catania managed such clients as Valvoline, US ARMY, PRIMEDIA, and MBNA America. Since his departure from RaceFan in 2003, Catania has written three books under the RaceQuest banner that teach race teams, race tracks and series promoters how to find and manage racing sponsorship. Today, Catania is an Account Manger at BENSUR :: Creative Marketing Group, based in Erie, Pennsylvania, and co-founder and principal of Wireless Loyalty, LLC, a newly formed mobile marketing firm also based in Erie, Pennsylvania.
"BENSUR will serve as the marketing arm of Andy Belmont Racing, helping ABM's marketing partners maximize their sponsorship dollars," stated Catania. BENSUR is a full service agency, offering graphic design, web programming, strategic marketing, and broadcast capabilities.
During the months of November and December, Catania has logged over 100 laps at Lowe's Motor Speedway as a student at Andy Hillenburg's Fast Track Driving School. Catania will test the ABR Ford Taurus at Daytona International Speedway December 15 -- 17 in preparation for the February 10 season opening Daytona 200, along with multiple short track and intermediate test dates.
Building depth in his seasoned team, Belmont recently acquired the assets of the No. 62 ARCA RE/MAX Series team owned by Bob Aiello. Aiello will stay on with the team in an advisory position and will also make himself available as a consultant to other racing programs.
"We are very fortunate to bring together such a talented group of people," said Belmont. Barry Owen isworking with us getting our cars together. NASCAR Busch East Series standout Joey McCarthy is working on some of our projects right now as well. Scott Lopez had made the move from the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series to ABR and his influence has been great to our team. Everything appears to be working and working well. We have a very interesting group right now. We alsohave half of a dozen students from the NASCAR Technical Institute and that's been a big help. The students have some of the basics down and are eager to learn more. They have the will and the want to be a part of racing and that ishuge.Youthful enthusiasmis akey component in any program that is growing."
"Andy Belmont is one of the most versatile and skilled racing personalities in the sport," stated Catania. "Not only is he capable of building and managing his own equipment, but he has proven his skills behind the wheel, and in the boardroom -- I feel blessed to have him as a mentor as I advance my racing career to the next level"