MAX GRESHAM, VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS EXPAND 2011 ARCA ASSOCIATION
GRIFFIN, GA (March 24, 2011) – Max Gresham and Venturini Motorsports today announced they have expanded their Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) schedule for the 2011 season.
Gresham, who will test with the longtime ARCA team at Talladega Superspeedway on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 29-30, will compete in seven events instead of the previously announced five-race Venturnini Motorsports slate.
According to the 17-year-old Griffin, GA driver, the extra ARCA races ironically came into play because of a pair of race date conflicts with his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule with Joe Gibbs Racing.
“I feel like the expanded ARCA schedule will be a real benefit for me,” said Gresham. “I need to get as much seat time in a heavier car and the more races I can do that, the better it will be. The schedule is a little bit different than what we started with because two of the NASCAR K&N races didn’t mesh with the ARCA schedule we had agreed upon, but we got it worked out for the best as I’m going to get to race more with the Venturini’s than I thought I would be able to. That’s great. The more I can compete with a great team like Venturini Motorsports, the better I am going to be.”
Gresham - the winner of the Tim Richmond Memorial 200 ARCA race at Mansfield (OH) Speedway last July – will see his first 2011 ARCA action on Sunday, May 1 in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 225 at Salem (IN) Speedway. Last year, Gresham made his ARCA series career debut at Salem winning the pole and finishing sixth.
“That was a very good race for me,” Gresham stated. “We spent a lot of time getting ready. My qualifying lap was really a white knuckler. Unfortunately, we burned our tires off early in the race, but we were able to make some adjustments to still come away with a sixth-place finish. Overall, that was pretty amazing. For us to run as solid as we did the first time we ever competed in an ARCA race was a pretty good show.”
Gresham will make his ARCA series superspeedway debut in the famed Venturini Motorsports No. 25 at Michigan Speedway on Friday, June 17. He’ll follow it up two weeks later with a 200-lap short-track test at Berlin (MI) Speedway before he heads to Lucas Oil Speedway in Clermont, IN for a Thursday, July 28 event.
“Every race we go to will have a test session the day before,” said Gresham. “I feel like I will be able to get plenty of time to gain the knowledge how the tracks are and how to race. How you drive on a superspeedway is way different than you drive on a short track. I look at it as just another step in my leaning process and I’m confident we’ll do just as well on the superspeedways as we will on the short tracks.”
Gresham will close out his 2011 ARCA/Venturini Motorsports association with an August 6 race at the giant 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway oval, a second event at Salem (September 17) and his first trip ever to Kansas Speedway and a 150-mile event on October 7.
The Clermont, Pocono and Kansas events will be televised live on SPEEDTV.
“We thrilled about the opportunity to do more races with Max,” said Billy Venturini, general manager at Venturini Motorsports. “We’ve worked closely with Joe Gibbs Racing in the past and we hope we can have the same kind of winning results that we had when Joey Logano was here. I think taking Max to both short tracks and superspeedways will be a real benefit for both of us. Max won the pole in his ARCA first race at Salem and our team won that race last year, so we feel we have a great shot of winning there. That said, we feel like we can win every race we go to, so we’re looking forward to having a very successful year with Max.”
-source: jdc motorsports