Rookie Bell Looking Like Veteran at Berlin
Rookie Bell Looking Like Veteran at Berlin
(MOORESVILLE, N.C. - February 7, 2011) - While John Ferrier may not be a familiar name among ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards regulars, it is sure to be one to watch when the ARCA Racing Series pulls into Daytona International Speedway for the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 on Saturday, February 12. Paired with a veteran driver and team owner in Andy Belmont along with well-accomplished teammate Chad McCumbee, Ferrier has high expectations for a strong run on Daytona's infamous high-banks.
"My expectations are very high," said Ferrier. "I have a very competitive race car with Roush/Yates power. It has had a lot of really good aero work done to it by AJ Johnson. He built a brand new body for us, specifically for Daytona, so my expectations are high. My goal is to come out of Daytona with a top-10 finish."
Ferrier, a Middletown, N.Y. native, may only have three previous ARCA Racing Series starts (Daytona, Talladega, Pocono), but he has over 25 years of experience behind the wheel of a racecar. The dirt-track driver got his start as a motocross racer in 1985 and hasn't looked back since. Racing modifieds in the northeast, his connection with team owner Andy Belmont runs much deeper than a driver/owner connection.
"Both Andy and I are from up around this area (N.Y.)," explained Ferrier. "He has a lot of dirt modified experience as well as I do, and we know a lot of the same people from racing up here in the Northeast. Andy did race modifieds up here as well. We never competed against each other, when he was racing up here I was still racing motocross, but that is how I ended up getting his name and getting tied in with him. I know Andy has a top-notch team and organization so I'm really looking forward to getting down to Daytona."
One would think Daytona's 2.5-mile oval would be a huge challenge for a driver used to slinging dirt on the short tracks, but Ferrier proved otherwise in his first and only 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 a top finish this year at one of the most prolific tracks in all of motorsports.
"Daytona is the Superbowl of stock car racing, it always is," said the N.Y. native. "If you ask any driver if they can start anywhere it would definitely be Daytona, there is no question about it. Speedweeks at Daytona is a huge event worldwide, so for me to take part in that, it really means something."
When the checkered flag falls on Saturday's ARCA Racing Series season-opener, Ferrier's biggest goal is to see an ABR car cross the finish line first.
"My commitment to Andy Belmont Racing is to have an ABR car finish first. If I can help Chad (McCumbee) get there I absolutely will, and I'm sure he feels the same way. Ultimately the goal is to put ABR in the winner's circle."
John Ferrier and the No. 14 CGS Imaging Ford Fast Facts:
Ferrier at Daytona: Ferrier made one previous start at Daytona International Speedway 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.
Did You Know?: Ferrier will have a strong Stewart/Haas racing connection in Daytona. Crew Chief Mark Gibson is the brother of Tony Gibson who is Ryan Newman's Crew Chief. Ferrier will also have Tony Stewart's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series spotter Bob Jeffery calling the shots from high above Daytona International Speedway.
This Week's Ford: 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 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and was used as a backup car for ABR in 2010.
Autographs: Fans will have the chance to meet John Ferrier and all of their favorite ARCA Racing Series drivers on Saturday, February 12 from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. EST during an all-access open garage.
Follow Andy Belmont Racing: Follow Andy Belmont Racing at the track or in the race shop by logging on to facebook.com/Andy-Belmont-Racing/250609156945. Follow every race weekend for live updates and photos from the track and throughout the race.
Tune In: The green flag will drop for the start of the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 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.
Ferrier on racing with teammate Chad McCumbee:
"Having Chad McCumbee as a teammate at Daytona is really exciting and will definitely be an advantage. I mean Chad is a NASCAR Driver, he had Sprint Cup starts, and that is a positive thing that is going to help me a ton. I have a good idea that when we get down to Daytona Andy (Belmont) will really set us down as a team and have us come up with a strategy, because the way the pavement is down there it's not going to be a surprise if you get shuffled all the way around the track. There is nobody I would rather work with in the draft than a guy like Chad who has a lot of experience."
Ferrier on racing on Daytona's new pavement:
"I tested on the new pavement during the ARCA test in January, and I loved it. It is very similar to Talladega. There's just a bump between turns three and four, and I honestly wouldn't even call it a bump. I would call it more of an imperfection in the pavement. I love it. I think it's great. The old pavement could definitely be a handful when you were running in a pack of cars. This should definitely tighten things up, it will be pretty exciting."
About Andy Belmont Racing:
Andy Belmont Racing (andybelmont.com) currently fields race cars in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. ABR race cars have been winning races and championships for nearly 35 years. Currently, the team fields a full-time ARCA Racing series for two-time ARCA winner and NASCAR standout Chad McCumbee in the No. 1 ModSpace Ford Fusion, John Ferrier in the CGS Imaging Ford and Darrell Basham in the Industrial Depot 34 Ford Fusion.