FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. (Nov. 25, 2003) -- After winning the Trophy Truck division of the Baja 1000 on Nov. 21-22, Ryan Arciero was invited to participate in the CENTRIX ROC America Challenge on the Canary Islands in Spain, November 29. The race will pit him against other top drivers from the US including Casey Mears, Boris Said and Travis Pastrana.
"My Spanish is going to be very good after spending weeks down in Baja, Mexico preparing and racing in the Baja 1000, and now heading off to Spain's Canary Islands," explained Arciero. "This is a huge opportunity, and one that I'm thankful to CENTRIX for giving me.
"While my family has been racing in the US for the past 45 years, and I've gained success in off-road and now NASCAR racing, I have a good feeling that the people there are going to ask 'who is that guy?' I'm actually hoping that's what they'll say, so I can show them who I really am and what I can do in person. This should be a lot of fun."
Arciero be racing a single seat ROC car, powered by a six-speed sequential, 170 hp, Honda CBR 1100cc Blackbird. The vehicle is equipped with Michelin tires, and Fast & Speed adjustable shocks.
"We were impressed with Ryan's performance at the Baja 1000 this year," said CENTRIX Financial CEO, Robert E. Sutton. "After winning the race, we had to find a way to get him over to compete at the CENTRIX ROC America Challenge."
Arciero's victory was his second Baja 1000 win. The first coming at the 1998 point-to-point Baja 1000 when he teamed with Bob Gordon (father to Winston Cup driver Robby Gordon), to win the Class 1 championship. He also won the Parker 425 and the Baja 500 in the Trophy Truck division.
On paved ovals, Arciero earned six pole positions, six wins, nine top-fives and ten top-ten's in the 2003 Ultra Wheels Super Truck Series.
The CENTRIX ROC America Challenge will be televised on Speed Channel. Date and time TBD.