(KANSAS CITY, Kan. - October 18, 2012) - Ricky Ehrgott is looking forward to his second go-around in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards this week after making his debut at Berlin Raceway back in the summer.
Now, the rookie returns to the scene, pairing up with former ARCA championship team Allgaier Motorsports for Friday night's Kansas Lottery 98.9.
While an impressive performance was spoiled by a late race run-in at Berlin, the 24-year-old is amped about his speedway debut at the newly-repaved Kansas Speedway behind the wheel of the No. 36 Rev1 PowerServices/Precision Tank and Equipment/Sandvik Dodge Charger.
The winner of the 2012 Fast Track Blue Collar Driver Challenge hosted by Rockingham Speedway president and former ARCA champion Andy Hillenburg, Ehrgott was able to get his feet wet with the Springfield, Ill.-based Allgaier team a few weeks ago when the team participated in an open test session at the 1.5-mile oval.
For Ehrgott, the test session proved to be beneficial on several levels. From learning the characteristics of the track to jelling with crew chief Kelly Kovski, all the while under the watchful eyes of the ARCA officials, he embraced the opportunities with open arms. Now, he's ready to capitalize on all he's learned.
"It's humbling for me to finish out ARCA's 60th season by running at Kansas Speedway this weekend," said Ehrgott. "I'm really stoked about pairing with Allgaier Motorsports for the race this week. They are truly an incredible bunch. The team has made me feel right at home and has really taken a personal interest in making sure our Kansas debut together is something to remember.
"I learned a significant amount of information at the test. These bigger tracks are a new thing for me being that my background is in short track, open-wheel midget cars, but it's a lot of fun growing as a driver and experiencing everything these ARCA cars have to offer. We spent the day working and fine-tuning our car. We made some great strides and the guys have worked hard to make our No. 36 Rev1 PowerServices/Precision Tank and Equipment/Sandvik Dodge Charger better for the race. I'm very confident we'll have a smooth practice, qualify well, and have a competitive race. Most importantly, If not for the team and our great sponsors, none of this would be possible."
The month of October means a lot to many people. Whether it's the fall colors or even celebrating the spooky night of Halloween, none of those could be more important to Ehrgott then spreading the word about breast cancer awareness.
Racing for a cure this Friday night hits the mark on a deep personal level for the young gun. Just this summer, Ehrgott's mother succumbed to the disease, and now he will be racing in her honor.
"It's deeply emotional for me; there's no hiding behind that," Ehrgott said. "My mom was an absolutely amazing person and I miss her more than words can express. I'm in the process of setting up an advocacy campaign in her memory. I want to make her proud on Friday night. I hope I succeed."
Outside of racing, Ehrgott attends Fordham University at Lincoln Center where he'll graduate in December with a Bachelor's degree in economics.
The ARCA Racing Series season will close in tomorrow's Kansas Lottery 98.9 at Kansas Speedway, with race action starting at 8:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. local) on SPEED. ARCARacing.com will also feature live timing and scoring coverage for the season finale.