Richard Golinello Enters Mustang Challenge with R&C Motorsports TAMPA, Fla.--When the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge season kicks off in March, driver Richard Golinello will be ready for his rookie season in the series. Golinello might be a...
Richard Golinello Enters Mustang Challenge with R&C Motorsports
TAMPA, Fla.--When the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge season kicks off in March, driver Richard Golinello will be ready for his rookie season in the series. Golinello might be a new name in the paddock, but he hopes to be a series standout with his combination of skill and determination.
Golinello will drive the No. 50 R&C Motorsports Mustang FR500S, which is being prepared by Long Road Racing. Golinello's team name is a tribute to his sons, Richard and Christian. Long Road Racing is a veteran shop in Raleigh, North Carolina, and their car preparation expertise has helped propel their customers to victory in series ranging from Spec Miata to Grand-Am Continental Tire Challenge.
Never one to do something halfway, Golinello is already a race winner in less than a year of competition. His victory in the six-hour PBOC Winterfest at Sebring International Raceway is the latest accomplishment in Golinello's young but intense racing career. He co-drove with John Wechsler and driving coach Aaron Povoledo.
Two years ago, Golinello drove from his home in Tampa, Florida to attend a track day at Sebring. When he sat behind of the wheel of his friend's Ferrari Challenge car, Golinello was hooked. He bought a Ferrari Challenge car of his own and participated in track days before moving up to PBOC.
The win at Sebring spurred Golinello to advance to a new arena, and he chose the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge as the next logical step in his progression. Now that his R&C Motorsports Mustang is prepped, Golinello is ready to compete in the entire 2010 season.
"I never do things halfway," says Golinello. "I made up my mind to clear my schedule and do the whole series."
It's that kind of commitment that has propelled Golinello from a track day rookie to a pro racing rookie in less than two years. This May will mark one year of competition for him.
For Golinello, the appeal of racing is "the thrill of it; wheel-to-wheel racing," he says. "Traffic builds and the endorphins get going. When I sat in that car at the Sebring track day, it changed my life."
The 48-year-old Golinello balances racing with his career and family. When he's not behind the wheel of a Mustang, Golinello is overseeing Grand Sanitation, his private sanitation business in New Jersey.
The Ford Racing Mustang Challenge opens the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 7. Golinello will be there with his No. 50 R&C Motorsports Mustang, ready for the newest challenge in his racing career.
-source: r&c motorsports