Ryan Mathews Set To Break Into the ARCA Re/Max Series In 2006 Wisconsin Driver Moves to North Carolina, Will Also Work Full-Time With Sharp Racing CONCORD, NC (January 12, 2006) -- Super Late Model veteran Ryan Mathews is taking a bold step...
Ryan Mathews Set To Break Into the ARCA Re/Max Series In 2006
Wisconsin Driver Moves to North Carolina, Will Also Work Full-Time With Sharp Racing
CONCORD, NC (January 12, 2006) -- Super Late Model veteran Ryan Mathews is taking a bold step in 2006. The 25-year-old Wisconsin-native has made the big move south to North Carolina to make the next step in his racing career, which will include a part-time schedule of races in the ARCA Re/Max Series, driving for Eddie Sharp and his Sharp Racing team.
"I'm pretty excited about it. It will be different and challenging, of course, but I'm excited to try and prove myself on a speedway level," said Mathews. "Hopefully, this will help me get some further opportunities down the road."
Mathews is scheduled to make his debut at the half-mile Toledo Speedway on May 21st. He will then make his superspeedway debut with the team on June 16th at Michigan International Speedway. Currently, Mathews is scheduled to run at least eight races during the 2006 season.
"I was looking at Hooters Pro Cup Series or the ARCA Series," said Mathews. "Both are great series, but I was guided by some people to go to ARCA for the speedway experience. I really want to get more experience and to see if I can standout in front of some of the NACAR folks. Hopefully, ARCA will lead me to some opportunities in the future."
In 2005, Sharp Racing partnered with several different drivers to finish seventh in the final owners point standings. The team recorded five, top-five finishes and nine, top-10s en route to their seventh-place position in the final point standings.
"We pride ourselves on discovering and working with new and up-and-coming talent," said Sharp, a former champion crew chief in ARCA. "Based upon Ryan's resume and his past credentials, I think Ryan really fits that mold. I think he is going to be a great addition to our team and I'm looking forward to helping him succeed, achieve his goals and hopefully move to the next level."
Mathews will also work full-time in the Sharp Racing shops and travel with the team to each and every event to help further his relationship with the entire team.
"I'm really excited to get the opportunity to work in a bigger operation like the one Eddie Sharp has; one that has 20 employees or so compared to the two or three that we have with my Late Model operation. I'm excited to drive, but I'm really excited to learn about those cars, the setups and stuff. We don't get to learn about those aspects of racing, like the body and the aero packages, while racing on the short tracks. This is a great opportunity that Eddie is giving me."
Mathews is a veteran short track pilot and has been around racing since first climbing into a car at the age of 15. Mathews has since competed in as many racing series as possible, finding success in all of them, including a stellar career in the Super Late Model ranks. In addition to all of his successes in Super Late Models, which includes more than 50 career feature victories, he's competed with the ASA National Tour, American StockCar League and the Hooters Pro Cup Series. Mathews has also made one ARCA start prior to the 2006 season, coming in 1997 when he raced at the Springfield, IL, dirt mile while driving for Tom Bigelow.