Mooresville, NC (August 31, 2001) - Image is a big part of Matt Sielsky's reputation. It's helped push him to the top in several different forms of open-wheel racing, and now he's looking for that same success in the American Speed Association.
Mooresville, NC (August 31, 2001) - Image is a big part of Matt Sielsky's reputation. It's helped push him to the top in several different forms of open-wheel racing, and now he's looking for that same success in the American Speed Association. Well, the 24-year-old may have found that edge once again. He and the Sielsky Racing team will be sporting the colors of MOMO Performance company this weekend during ASA's annual event at the Minnesota State Fair.
"We're really looking forward to MOMO being part of our race team for Minnesota, the remainder of this season and hopefully into the future," says Sielsky. "I've had a long relationship with Matt Zuber, who is the Vice President of MOMO. He was the first one that got me into stock car racing while I was running the open wheel stuff."
Saying MOMO Performance is a huge company in auto racing would be a huge understatement. MOMO was born in the 1960's when Giampiero Morretti had a unique steering wheel built for his Formula One racer. Approaching five decades later, MOMO is a performance leader both in racing and street automotive performance.
"They are the second largest producer of driving equipment worldwide," says the Chicago native. "They have been involved heavily in the overseas market for years and in the US with a lot of racing, so I'm thrilled to have their company along with their style affiliated with my team."
In addition to MOMO backing his team, Sielsky will have another factor pushing him to the limit during this Monday's ASA event. Several of Robby Gordon's former NASCAR Winston Cup crewmembers will be aiding the Sielsky Racing team on pit road for the Miller Lite 300. Among them will be John Harper (Tire Carrier) and Matt Long (Jackman) who will help the MOMO #10 team on pit road on Monday afternoon.
"I've been friends with Robby Gordon for some time going back to when he raced CART and I raced Formula Atlantic," explains Sielsky. "I got to know a bunch of people on his CART team at that time, and several of those people moved over to Winston Cup with him. Some of his guys helped me in California (Irwindale Speedway) earlier this year, and they wanted to help me again. I think it's great! I love having them with us!"
Sielsky's team tested this week at Memphis Motorsports Park in TN, a session that went very well despite Matt having the flu this week. Sielsky says he is resting up a bunch in preparation for the Miller Lite 300.
Despite missing one race earlier in the season to make adjustments with the team, Sielsky sits 18th in the ASA National Championship point standings and is sixth in the rookie standings. Sielsky has one top-10 finish in 2001. He scored a ninth-place finish at Concord Motorsport Park in May.
You can watch youngster Matt Sielsky in this week's Miller Lite 300 on TNN, just after midnight on September 4th (12:30am). The race will re-air on Saturday, September 8th at 4pm. Sielsky Racing, based in Mooresville, N.C., is still looking for full-time sponsorship for the remainder of the 2001 season and for 2002.