Natalie Decker signs with Venturini Motorsports for full 2018 ARCA schedule

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Oct. 20, 2017) – Hours before the start of Friday’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season finale at Kansas Speedway, Venturini Motorsports announced that driver Natalie Decker will compete full-time in the ARCA Racing Series in 2018.

Decker, 20, of Eagle River, Wis., will pilot Venturini Motorsports’ No. 25 Toyota Camry with veteran crew chief Dave Leiner at the controls.

“It’s an incredible feeling sitting here today making this announcement,” said Decker. “It’s really a dream come true. I can’t thank Venturini Motorsports, Toyota Racing and N29 Capital Partners enough for giving me this opportunity.”

The popular rookie driver has made six ARCA starts this season highlighted by two top-10 finishes and a career best seventh-place finish at Road America.

“This is obviously a big step in my career. I’m really fortunate, coming from the competitive Midwest and running short tracks most of my career. I’m confident and ready for this next move. After tonight my focus shifts to next season. We’ll be ready to go at Daytona,” Decker added.

N29 President/CEO Carl Ruedebusch was also on hand for the announcement as was Venturini Motorsports Team Manager Billy Venturini.

"It started early last year when we had opportunity to work with Venturini Motorsports," said Ruedebusch. "It's been a process. We learned that we like the way Venturini Motorsports operates…the family atmosphere is very attractive. That made the decision easy. We want to help Natalie advance her career so we made the commitment to enter into the 2018 season."

With support from N29 Capital Partners LLC., Decker is pursuing additional sponsorship for the 2018 season.

"We're going to continue to look for additional partners that will benefit not only N29 but Venturini and Natalie Decker," Ruedebusch added.

Decker stands to become just the fifth female in modern day ARCA history to compete for a series driver championship, joining Shawna Robinson (’00), Christi Passmore (’03 and ’04), Milka Duno (’13) and Sarah Cornett-Ching (’15).

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, Erik Jones, William Byron, Justin Allgaier, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Brennan Poole, Daniel Suarez, and Brandon Jones. 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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