Chinese-American Wong to make NASCAR debut with Venturini Motorsports

Chinese-American Wong to make NASCAR debut with Venturini Motorsports

(BOWMANVILLE, Ontario – August 30, 2015) – Brian Wong will be making his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut on Sunday driving for Venturini Motorsports north of the border at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park located in Bowmanville, Ontario.

Wong, 26-years old, is believed to be the first Chinese American to compete within any of the top-three tiers of NASCAR. Wong, a native of Newport Beach, California, is a veteran of road racing and stock cars – including a handful of starts in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

“Words cannot express my excitement for this weekend,” stated Wong. “This is by far the most high profile event in my stock car career and to say I’m looking forward to it would be an understatement. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series offers some of the best racing in the world and driving a vehicle like that at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park where you really have to be on your toes the whole time should make for a very challenging weekend.”

Wong finished 17th in the first of two scheduled practice sessions at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Wong completed 11-laps during the 55-minute session with a fast lap of 106.825 / 82.868 seconds on the 2.459 mile course.

His core sponsoring organization, World Stage Racing, has partnered with renowned celebrity Chef David Chang and his award-winning restaurant, Momofuku. Momofuku, with locations in New York City, Toronto and Sydney, has been featured on San Pellegino’s Top-50 restaurants for five straight years.

“Having Momofuku on board only makes it that much sweeter. Anyone who is familiar with their restaurants knows why it’s a huge honor to represent them this weekend. The quality of their dining experience, combined with their unique approach to customer engagement, lines up perfectly with our brand.”

The third-annual Chevrolet Silverado race will be Venturini Motorsports’ fifth (Daytona, Martinsville, Kansas & Kentucky) NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event of the ’15 campaign. Toyota driver Matt Tifft has made three team starts with a season best ninth-place finish at Martinsville and Cody Coughlin made his series debut at Kentucky.

Wong has made 3 career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards starts with Venturini Motorsports – all on road courses – finishing a career best 2nd at New Jersey Motorsports Park in 2014. He is the first Chinese American to score a podium finish in both the American Le Mans Series (now TUDOR United Sports Car Series) as well as the ARCA Racing Series.

The race is at 1:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1. The field includes Erik Jones, starting second. Jones is a one-time winner on the ARCA Racing Series tour, winning with a Venturini Motorsports car at Berlin Raceway in 2013. Cole Custer, who won the ARCA race at Pocono Raceway earlier this year, starts fifth. Brandon Jones, who races the Ansell-Menards Toyota for Venturini Motorsports when he is racing in the ARCA Racing Series, will start 11th. Spencer Gallagher, who won the final ARCA race of 2014 for GMS Racing, will start 14th with Tifft starting 15th.

ABOUT VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS

Venturini Motorsports (VMS), fielding cars for over 30-years in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, is one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the country. Multiple team championships and consistent on-track success, VMS has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in motorsports. Since 2007, VMS has assisted in the career development of notable NASCAR drivers such as Joey Logano, Justin Allgaier, Brian Scott, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Brennan Poole, John Wes Townley, Brandon Jones, and Justin Boston. Over the years the Venturini name has become synonymous with modern-day racing in America. In 2012, the Venturini family was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (www.NIASHF.org) and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.

 

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