Blaney joins Cunningham Motorsports for three

Blaney joins Cunningham Motorsports for three
(MOORESVILLE, N.C.) - Cunningham Motorsports has announced that Penske Racing driver, Ryan Blaney, will drive the No. 22 Dodge in three ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards events in 2013. 

The first event will be at the two-mile Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. on June 14, followed by the four-mile, 14-turn Road America road course in Elkhart Lake, Wis. the following weekend, June 22. The final of the three planned races will be at Chicagoland Speedway on July 21.

"I'm very excited to return to the ARCA series with Cunningham Motorsports," Blaney said. "They have an excellent team and to go to a place like Michigan where I have never been before will really help me for our truck race there later in the year. ARCA is a great series with competitive teams and I am looking forward to all three races."

As Penske Racing's driver development team, Cunningham Motorsports will provide track time for the 19-year-old driver at various tracks where he has little or no previous experience. Blaney is currently driving the No. 29 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Brad Keselowski Racing, and also racing in selected NASCAR Nationwide Series events in the No. 22 Penske Racing entry.

After signing with Penske Racing in July of 2012, Blaney ran seven Nationwide races and 13 Camping World Truck races, celebrating his first Truck Series victory in only his third start at Iowa Speedway, thus becoming the youngest winner in NASCAR Truck Series history. Blaney is a third generation driver and the son of former World of Outlaws sprint car champion and current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Dave Blaney.

Blaney made two ARCA Racing Series starts in 2011 under the Venturini Motorsports banner, finishing a career-best second at Lucas Oil Raceway after leading 67 laps. Blaney nearly won at Winchester Speedway in his ARCA Racing Series debut, leading 154 of 200 laps before a cut right-front tire relegated him to a sixth place finish.

Cunningham Motorsports has routinely provided opportunities for drivers to advance to the top tiers of NASCAR, with some of the most recent being Parker Kligerman, Dakoda Armstrong and Alex Bowman. Cunningham Motorsports is currently headed up by General Manager, Paul Andrews. Combining the expertise of Andrews, who was the 1992 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship crew chief for Alan Kulwicki, and Cunningham's 17 year tenure in the ARCA Racing Series, many of today's current NASCAR stars got their stock car starts within the organization.

Blaney's teammate for his three scheduled ARCA Racing Series events will be five-year ARCA veteran Tom Hessert, who has already claimed an ARCA victory this season at Salem Speedway. Hessert's win at Salem was the third of his ARCA career. His career-first ARCA win at Iowa Speedway in 2010 also came under the Cunningham Motorsports banner.  

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~ Cunningham Motorsports Press Release ~