(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - February 15, 2012) - When John Ferrier takes the green flag for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season opener at Daytona International Speedway for the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 on Saturday, February 18, he will be doing it with a lot of confidence and a little extra motivation.
Sitting behind the wheel of his No. 76 The Mosquito Patch/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Chevrolet, Ferrier isn't only racing for the win on Saturday, he is also honoring his nephew, Michael Wanser, who was a patient at St. Jude and passed away from AML Leukemia in October.
"It is an honor to have both The Mosquito Patch and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on board with us this weekend," said Ferrier. "We spent a lot of time at St. Jude with my nephew Michael and were able to meet some great people while we were there. There couldn't be more motivation than to get to victory lane in the Mosquito Patch colors with St. Jude on the side of the car. "
Ferrier, a Middletown, N.Y. native, has four previous ARCA Racing Series starts (Daytona 2009/2011, Talladega, Pocono), along with over 25 years of experience behind the wheel of a racecar. While the dirt-track racer's roots come from motocross and modifieds, he proved that coming to Daytona's 2.5-mile oval would be a challenge he could easily handle in his first Daytona start in 2009. Ferrier competed in the top-10 for much of the race, and was looking to stage a late climb to the top-five when an oil pump failed with only nine laps to go. Ferrier ultimately finished 17th, but that run only fueled his fire for another strong run and a top finish at one of the most prolific tracks in all of motorsports.
Looking to accomplish that goal, Ferrier rolls into Daytona with a new team, Motorhead Racing; a new teammate, Rookie Aleks Gregory, and a lot of experience on his side. Veteran driver and crew chief Mark Gibson will be calling the shots for Gregory while Derik Gray will be atop the pit box of Ferrier's No. 76 machine. Gibson and Gray have been staples in the ARCA garage together for over 15 years and know how to get their race cars to the front of the pack.
I want to win," said Ferrier. "That is my expectation. This will be my third ARCA race at Daytona and I know how to draft and get it done. Anytime you go to a track you expect to run in the top-five and have a chance to win. That's our goal Saturday on Saturday."
John Ferrier and the No. 76 The Mosquito Patch/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Chevrolet Fast Facts:
Ferrier at Daytona: Ferrier has two previous starts (2009, 2011) at Daytona International Speedway. His best finish came in his first Daytona start in 2009 driving for Randy Baker. After a late change was made to his car after qualifying, Ferrier was forced to start from the 39th position. Ferrier raced his way into the top-10, where he remained until an oil line broke forcing him to retire from the race 11 laps shy of the finish. Ferrier came home with a 17th-place finish in his first ARCA Racing Series start.
This Week's Chevrolet: John Ferrier will be piloting chassis No. RK271/704 at Daytona International Speedway. This is a former Roush Racing car that was originally driven by Matt Kenseth and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ferrier drove the car at Daytona last year where he was the top-qualifying Ford. The chassis has been converted to a Chevrolet and will be powered by a DEI engine.
Testing, Testing: Ferrier participated in the ARCA Racing Series Daytona test in December. After working on single car runs for the first day, he had a very good handling car, and was able to lead the draft for about 10-15 laps.
Autographs: Fans will have the chance to meet John Ferrier and all of their favorite ARCA Racing Series drivers on Saturday, February 18 from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. EST during an all-access open garage.
Find Out More: For more information on The Mosquito Patch log on to www.TheMosquitoPatch.us.
Tune In: The green flag will drop for the start of the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 on Saturday Feb. 18th at 4:30 p.m. EST. ARCARacing.com will have live audio and timing and scoring coverage with SPEED carrying the live race broadcast beginning at 4:30 p.m. EST.