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(MOORESVILLE, N.C. - February 7, 2011) - Aptly nicknamed Venturini Motorsports driver Hal Martin, or the "Ragin' Cajun" - announces NOLA Motorsports Park as the Primary Sponsor at the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 on February 12th at Daytona International Speedway. The Gulf Coast native will wheel the legendary No. 55 for Venturini Motorsports and its championship team in select races in 2011.
NOLA Motorsports Park, featuring the longest road course in North America, brings a new concept to traditional racing-only venues - a family-oriented track facility strategically placed just 20 minutes from the famed New Orleans French Quarter. Martin, racing the No. 55 NOLA Motorsports Park Toyota Camry after a successful Hoosier tire test in December, as well as a chart-dominating official ARCA test session in January, is confident he'll make the grade at his third appearance in less than 3 months at Daytona.
"I've done a lot of preparation coming into this race - it's the most important race of the year," Martin said. "I couldn't ask for a better fit for sponsorship, because NOLA Motorsports Park is an up and coming race track in my local area. I'm an up and coming driver in the ARCA Series, and I look to prove that even more on the track. We had a very successful team outing at the test in January, and I'm confident that we made the right setup changes with the small details to make us strong. Competition is going to be heavy - so I'm ready to roll with NOLA Motorsports Park and the signature 'Speed De Lis' on the hood!"
Mitch Wright, General Manager of NOLA Motorsports Park, is optimistic about Martin's potential in 2011. "What a talent Hal Martin is...we're so excited to be able to support a local Louisiana racer with his caliber of talent. It's a rare thing - you can count the number of successful drivers on one hand from our area. That's what makes it special, and it also lends a great spotlight to what we're trying to do, which is also rare. Bringing the longest road course in North America, as well as elite-style racing to families in greater New Orleans and Louisiana as a whole, is also something that is special."
Despite the fact that Martin did not get behind the wheel of his first car until he was 15 years old, his success came at early with the Louisiana State Shifter Kart Championship in 2004. After completing several successful prestigious driving programs, Martin also went on to become the Mobile International Speedway Track Champion in the Pro Late Model Division in 2007. He was also crowned Louisiana State Champion in 2007 by Late Model Digest and took two more wins at gulf coast tracks in 2008.
DAYTONA: PREPARATION IS KEY
Martin, one of only a handful of college graduates in stock car racing - as a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of New Orleans - was also a top-10 finisher at the 2010 ARCA race in Talladega for Venturini Motorsports. Martin began his 2011 season piloting a Venturini Motorsports Toyota at the newly-repaved 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway for two days of Hoosier Tire testing in December. He then dominated the speed charts at the ARCA Series three-day open testing in January, opening eyes in both the press box and the team stables as to his 2011 potential.
"I've been doing a lot of prep work in general, getting ready for Daytona," Martin continued. "My workout routine has included a lot of endurance training to simulate the grueling weight this type of race can have on my body. I've also done a lot of weight training. Studying old ARCA races for the draft has helped too - as an engineer, I'm hyper specific on my lines and my efficiency. The computer simulator has also become my best friend - running Daytona and Talladega to get used to running in the big packs again. I just can't wait to get on track and hammer down."
Martin plans to make five official starts with Venturini Motorsports in 2011 - to include Daytona, Talladega, Chicagoland, Pocono and Michigan. This will be the second official start for Martin on the team & his seventh career ARCA start - he stepped in the no. 35 Venturini Motorsports car at Talladega Superspeedway in 2010, where he finished 10th.
No. 55 NOLA Motorsports Park Toyota Camry: Chassis No. 0083 built by Venturini Motorsports and PME Engines. First track appearance by this chassis with Hal Martin behind the wheel; multiple appearances previously in the No. 55.
This is the same chassis that Steve Arpin ran in 2010 where he qualified and finished 10th. Ryan Fischer and Venturini Motorsports previously raced the chassis in the 2009 Daytona ARCA race.
Venturini Motorsports Team:
Owner: Billy Venturini/Venturini Motorsports
Crew Chief: John Quinn
Race: Saturday, February 12th, 2011
Length: 200 miles
Track Layout: 2.5 mile superspeedway
TV: SPEED TV Prerace 4pm, Race 4:30pm EST
ABOUT NOLA MOTORSPORTS PARK
NOLA Motorsports Park brings a new concept to traditional racing-only venues - a family-oriented track facility strategically positioned just 20 minutes from the historic New Orleans French Quarter. NOLA Motorsports Park features the longest road course in North America and offers public programs, karting, track days, driving schools, concierge services and memberships for year round driving. The facility is nearing completion with a scheduled opening in the Summer of 2011. For more information on the facility and to keep track of Hal Martin's progress, visit www.NOLAmotor.com. Find the facility on Facebook at NOLA Motorsports Park.
ABOUT HAL MARTIN:
Martin, in only four years of stock car racing and limited starts, has 36 top 5 finishes and 37 top 10 finishes under his belt in ARCA Series presented by Menards, Pro Late Models, ASA Late Models. Martin also holds the title of 2007 Mobile International Speedway Track Champion; 2007 Louisiana State Champion; and track record holder at Mobile International Speedway. Off the track, Martin is a certified Mechanical Engineer with a degree from the University of New Orleans. His 2011 plans include driving in the esteemed Venturini Motorsports stable under the ARCA Series presented by Menards. For more information, visit www.HalMartinRacing.com. Facebook: Hal Martin (Athlete). Twitter: @HalMartinRacing.