One of the pleasures of NASCAR's recent weekend at Richmond was a chance to spend some time catching up with Virginia native, Sunny Hobbs. Sunny, along with Kelly Sutton, Christi Passamore, Tina Gordon, and Shawna Robinson, is considered by many...
One of the pleasures of NASCAR's recent weekend at Richmond was a chance to spend some time catching up with Virginia native, Sunny Hobbs. Sunny, along with Kelly Sutton, Christi Passamore, Tina Gordon, and Shawna Robinson, is considered by many to be the future of racing in the United States. While the women, individually and together, have attracted a lot of media attention and been the subject of articles in the magazines covering the sport, Sunny is aware that the place to make her reputation is on the track. And that takes money.
Sunny who has a strong record racing late model cars and late model trucks in the Richmond area has driven in two ARCA RE/MAX Series stock car races this year. Driving Andy Belmont's second race car at Daytona and Atlanta, Sunny qualified well and raced professionally. "We had a great qualifying run at Daytona and ran up front all day long. The race was red flagged for rain about half way through and then restarted after a 20 minute break. On the restart, I took a conservative approach but the race only ran 8 more laps before it began raining again. NASCAR had a TV window because of the Bud Shootout so our race was ended early before I could get back to the front." At Atlanta, Sunny again qualified well and ran near the front. "Unfortunately we encountered a mechanical problem and had to drop out of the race."
The weekend after Daytona, Sunny competed in a sports car race at Virginia International Raceway in a Factory 5 Cobra and won. "I don't think that anyone questions my ability to drive a race car. I just need a chance to show people what I can accomplish. Andy Belmont's program of renting a race car compete with the parts and team is an outstanding opportunity for an aspiring racer. Andy has a strong race team. You only have to look at his results over his career of just over the past two races. You get to demonstrate your abilities without having to make the investment of purchasing a race team. It does, however, require money and that requires people and companies who believe in me to provide the sponsorship to fund the program. I am looking for a partner that I can bring exposure to who will invest in my career. I am looking for a company that knows what its objectives are. We can grow and succeed together."
Sunny is trying to get the funding together to race in Andy Belmont's #91 Ford Taurus at Charlotte, Michigan, and South Boston. "ARCA is racing at South Boston (Virginia) on the Wednesday night before the 4th of July. That is practically in my backyard. I love short tracks and welcome the opportunity to show people here at home what I can do in a national racing series. ARCA has a great TV package and provides the companion races for such major NASCAR events as this coming weekend's The Winston All Star race. The exposure that a sponsor in ARCA gets for a relatively small amount is one of the best returns on investment in racing."
Sunny's web page is at: www.SunnyHobbs.com.