CONCORD, N.C. — Venturini Motorsports (VMS) announced today the re-signing of 20-year-old driver Parker Chase to a 10-race deal for the upcoming ARCA Menards Series season.
Chase, the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge Champion, will continue his stock car development after a successful debut with Toyota Racing Development’s (TRD) VMS operation in the ARCA Menards Series last year.
A Texas native, Chase will pilot the No. 15 Toyota Camry for nine events in the series’ premier division, plus one ARCA Menards Series West race. His schedule begins with the ARCA Menards Series’ season-opener at the famed Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 19. Chase also will test his skills on a mix of short tracks, road courses and superspeedways including Phoenix Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Pocono Raceway, Watkins-Glen International, Kansas Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway.
— Parker Chase (@parker_chase19) January 10, 2022
“I’m excited more and more as the season approaches,” Chase said. “I grew up watching NASCAR races at places like Daytona, Talladega and Pocono, and now I’ve got my chance to compete on those same tracks. I can honestly say throughout all my years of racing this season is going to be one of the most exciting years yet.
“There’s still a lot for me to learn as I continue to work in the TRD driver development program, and I feel we made a lot of progress last year running a handful of ARCA races, and they really prepared us for this year’s schedule.”
After back-to-back years finishing in the top 10 at Daytona in the Rolex 24 and the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, Chase was asked about his upcoming stock car debut at the World Center of Racing.
“Daytona is a special place,” he said. “It’s legendary; it’s every race car driver’s dream track. There are so many drivers who’ll never have the chance to experience the beauty of the track and running the high-banks at top speed. I’m thankful for the support and opportunity TRD and VMS have given me to compete in 2022 at Daytona.
“The ARCA race at Daytona is going to be special beyond words, and I know (crew chief) Kevin Reed will have us a great car for the race. Competing in the 24 hours of Daytona and now with the chance to run the oval, it’s honestly a bucket list dream I’ll soon check off.”
Making his ARCA Menards Series debut with VMS in 2021, Chase impressed behind the wheel of his stock car, scoring a fourth-place finish at Charlotte before grabbing three consecutive top-10 finishes at Indiana’s Winchester Speedway, Bristol and Kansas.
With his sights on being the next successful sports car driver to transition to stock cars in NASCAR’s top series, Chase is dedicated to honing his all-around craft. Beginning in stock cars with a limited schedule in late models at the famed Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, North Carolina, he then joined Toyota Racing’s Kyle Busch Motorsports in the No. 51 Vertical Bridge Toyota Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the Daytona Road Course and Circuit of the Americas events in 2021.
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