Joe Liguori to Make Sunoco Super Series Debut this Saturday at Shadybowl Speedway Salem, IN (July 27, 2004) -- Joe Liguori will celebrate his 18th birthday by making his Sunoco Super Series debut this Saturday in the Ludlow Automotive & ...
Joe Liguori to Make Sunoco Super Series Debut this Saturday at Shadybowl Speedway
Salem, IN (July 27, 2004) -- Joe Liguori will celebrate his 18th birthday by making his Sunoco Super Series debut this Saturday in the Ludlow Automotive & Accessories 150 Presented By Lucas Oil Products at Shadybowl Speedway. Liguori, the grandson of famous Indianapolis racer Ralfy "The Racer" Liguori, will be a senior in high school this fall in his hometown of Tampa, Florida. Liguori will driver a car from the Muller Motorsports stable as a teammate to Sunoco Super Series veteran Eddie Van Meter. Muller Motorsports, owned by Indianapolis businessman Ken Muller, has provided part-time rides for Tim Sibila and Kent Robinson this season in addition to running Eddie Van Meter full time.
Liguori has spent this summer staying with his grandfather and racing a USAC Midget mainly in the regional shows at the Speedrome in Indianapolis were he is currently 7th in points despite missing the first couple of shows because of school in Florida. Liguori finished 8th in the July 7th USAC National Midget event held at the Speedrome, his best finish to date with the National Tour.
"I'm a little prejudice, but there have been many others who have seen him race that think he has the talent to make it big in racing some day," remarked Ralf Liguori. "I'm trying to keep him racing in several types of racecars to build his experience so he can be ready to compete in any type of car. The NASCAR car owners are really looking at the open-wheel kids at this time, hopefully we can get someone's attention and get Joe's career started!"
The third generation driver has raced since he was six years old, racing mostly go-carts but has progressed up to open wheel modifieds and sprint cars in Florida. Liguori has also raced a Limited Late Model at St. Petersburg and at Bradenton. This will be a busy week for Liguori, he will race in the regional USAC Midget race at the Speedrome in Indianapolis on Wednesday night, then compete in his Midget on the dirt at Wayne County before coming to Shadybowl Speedway on Saturday.
Ralf Liguori was a very versatile racer himself racing in both open wheel and stock cars through out his career. Liguori finished 10th in NASCAR Grand National Points in 1955 in what is now the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. Ligouri also competed in NACAR sanctioned midgets and champ car events, finishing second in NASCAR Open Wheel Championship Cars points one season. Ligouri was also an accomplished racer in both USAC Midgets and Sprint Cars through out the Mid-west and made a couple of attempts at the Indianapolis 500.
Pit gates will open for the Ludlow Automotive & Accessories 150 Presented By Lucas Oil Products on Saturday at 1:30PM Ohio Time. Sunoco Super Series practice will begin at 4PM followed by qualifying at 6PM. The evening's race program will begin at 7PM. The Sunoco Super Series will then travel to Toledo Speedway on Sunday, August 1st for the make-up of the Sunoco 100. More information is available at www.sunocosuperseries.com.