American Brandon Whitt to compete at England's Rockingham Speedway in final two ASCAR races of 2002 season. September 30, 2002, El Cajon, California: Stock car driver Brandon Whitt received an early twentieth birthday present from the UK today,...
American Brandon Whitt to compete at England's Rockingham Speedway in final two ASCAR races of 2002 season.
September 30, 2002, El Cajon, California: Stock car driver Brandon Whitt received an early twentieth birthday present from the UK today, as he was tapped by Deuce Racing to run the team's unique "Unity Project" car in the final two rounds of the ASCAR series on October 5th and 6th at Rockingham Speedway in England. The #48 Unity Project car, which features a unique red, white and blue paint scheme linking the Union Jack with the Stars and Stripes, celebrates the solidarity of the US and the UK in the fight against terrorism, and made its debut September 13 at the thirteenth round of the ASCAR series.
"I'm really pumped up about this race," exclaimed Brandon upon hearing the good news. "There's a thousand reasons to be excited. Rockingham will be my first 1.5 mile oval, and the speeds will be higher than what I'm used to seeing in Southwest Featherlite. The car is crewed by members of the US Air Force 48th Fighter Wing, and it will be awesome to work with guys of that caliber. Do you think they give their race drivers rides in an F-15?"
Whitt, who leads the rookie-of-the year standings in the Southwest Featherlite Series, NASCAR Touring, is no stranger to racing in Europe, as he attended the prestigious Elf LaFilliere racing school in LeMans France during his senior year of high school. In pursuit of Formula 3 opportunities, Brandon lived briefly in England at the end of 2000 before returning to California to finish High School and rejoin his family-run Clean Line Racing NASCAR team.
Following in the footsteps of his father, uncle, and grandfather, Brandon is a third-generation stock car driver, and represents his family's dreams of NASCAR competition at the highest level, Winston Cup. Brandon's father Dan Whitt, who owns and runs the Clean Line Racing team, is thrilled by his son's latest opportunity. "The Unity Project is a high-profile operation, and the fact that they selected Brandon is really a testament to Brandon's ability as a race car driver. It's opportunities like this that will allow Brandon to show his talent and progress to the next level, which is our goal. It's been over a year since I watched Brandon race for another team, so it will be interesting to be a spectator rather than a team owner this weekend."
Brandon departs for England on Monday September 30th, and will be competing in two ASCAR races during the October 5-6 race weekend. Brandon will return to California just in time for his twentieth birthday on October 15, and then will rejoin Southwest Featherlite competition on October 20th at Bakersfield, California.