Andre Villarreal ready for a full season in USAC Ford Focus Midget Series Joins Richard Petty Experience team MIAMI, FL -- Florida driver Andre Villarreal is back in USAC Ford Focus Midget for a full season after competing in the last couple of...
Andre Villarreal ready for a full season in USAC Ford Focus Midget Series
Joins Richard Petty Experience team
MIAMI, FL -- Florida driver Andre Villarreal is back in USAC Ford Focus Midget for a full season after competing in the last couple of races of the 2006 Carolina/Virginia Series. He will be part of a stable of five drivers under the banner of the Richard Petty Experience. The last preparations are being made before the first race of the season this weekend in Franklin, Virginia.
Andre tested two weeks ago at Hickory Motor Speedway to get ready for the new season. "I'm very happy with the results," said Villarreal. "It's a new team, but I feel good about my chances. The people here at Richard Petty Experience are great to be around. I learn a lot from them, and we covered a lot in testing. I'm excited to do a full season after getting a taste last year. It went really well, and I'm confident I have the talent and the team to get results."
Team Manager Brad Noffsinger will oversee the efforts of the five drivers under the Richard Petty Experience banner, and attended the Hickory test. "The test went well," he said. "Andre ran underneath the lap record, and drove consistently for the duration of the test. He has great talent, and is learning to give the right feedback to the crew. With some coaching, I think we will see great things from him this season."
Andre Villarreal and the Richard Petty Experience team found themselves at the end of last season almost as if all stars just aligned at the right moment. The team was looking to put a midget program together, and Andre was looking for an opportunity to do a full season after the great results he scored after just a few races. "This is a great opportunity for me to keep developing with some of the best people in the business," says Villarreal. "There is a lot of tradition behind the Richard Petty name, and these guys mean business. It's going to be a great year."