TWEET: "Just got to California I'm so excited for this Saturday! Thanks
@yamahadirttrack and @ToyotaRacing I can't wait to drive this at @perrisautospdwy" CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 9, 2017) – Fresh off a successful test with Venturini Motorsports at Talladega Superspeedway in preparation for the 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season, Natalie Decker is off to California to compete in this weekend’s first ever Yamaha R1 DT Invitational race at Perris Auto Speedway.
Decker, who will drive the newly unveiled Yamaha R1 DT concept dirt car, will join several top drivers from different racing disciplines such as sprint, late model, stock, motorcycle flat track, drifting, off-road and motorcycle racing as part of the Yamaha’s inaugural R1 DT invitational race taking place in conjunction with the USAC Budweiser Oval Nationals Saturday, Nov. 11 at Perris Auto Speedway.
Decker will be one of eight drivers to race the new Yamaha R1 Dirt Track Concept Car. The 20-year old ARCA Racing Series rookie will join veteran sprint car driver and two-time Chili Bowl Champion Corey Kruseman, X-Games Motorcycle Flat Track Gold Medalist Sammy Halbert, famed dirt late model driver Donnie “Million Dollar” Moran, off road racers CJ Greaves and Dustin Nelson, Ken Gushi, one of the world’s top competitors in drifting and AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes.
Yamaha Motor Corp., USA,first revealed the R1 Dirt Track Concept Car in a Youtube video last fall and most recently on September 13 at Eagle Raceway. The R1DT concept is a tube chassis, purpose-built race car powered by a fuel-injected inline four-cylinder engine from Yamaha’s R1S production motorcycle. The car is designed to be low maintenance, low cost to the racer with vehicles purchased at Yamaha outlets and transported directly to the race track.