Thad Moffit, Grandson of Richard Petty, to Make ARCA Debut This Weekend
Empire Racing Group with Richard Petty Motorsports to Enter Moffit with Support from Transportation Impact and Hostetler Ranch
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 4, 2017) – In partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM), Empire Racing Group (ERG) will enter Thad Moffitt in Saturday’s ARCA Music City 200 presented by the Azure Foundation at the storied Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee. Moffitt, the grandson of “The King” Richard Petty, will make his first start in the national touring series.
Moffitt will drive the No. 46 Petty Blue Ford with primary sponsorship from Transportation Impact and associate sponsorship from Hostetler Ranch and Jacob Construction, Design and Technology- all partners of Moffitt throughout his young career. Moffitt has been racing a NASCAR late model with ERG this year and last Saturday earned a sixth-place finish at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway. Before the race, Moffitt spent time in Nashville testing the ARCA car. After the test, the Petty family and ERG Crew Chief Mike Cheek felt that Moffitt was ready for this weekend’s race.
“Thad has a lot of passion to follow in the footsteps of his family,” said Cheek. “He has won a championship in a limited late model and in just a few races in a NASCAR late model, he has shown his talents. He did well during the ARCA test, and no matter the result, this will be great experience at a young age.”
Moffitt is a 16-year-old native from Trinity, N.C. and is the son of Brian and Rebecca Petty-Moffitt. He started racing a go-kart and a quarter midget before moving to a limited late model and late model. A high school sophomore, Moffitt grew up going to the track with his grandfather and watching his Uncle Kyle and cousin Adam race. He also understands the business side of racing, learning daily from his father, Brian, who leads Richard Petty Motorsports as the CEO. His passion is being behind the wheel and carrying on the family tradition.
"I love racing, being at the track and just learning and trying to get better each time," said Moffitt. "The ERG team has been great and I’ve had a lot of fun with them in the late model. They have a good ARCA program and I really wanted to make my debut in this series. A lot of great drivers have raced in ARCA, and Uncle Kyle and Adam have both won in this series. It makes me really want to follow in their footsteps. But, this is a learning process too. I’m excited and ready, but I have a lot to learn, too. I just want to stay out of trouble and have a good race for everyone who supports me like Transportation Impact, Jacob Companies and Hostetler Ranch. We can’t do it without them.”
Saturday’s race will be televised live on MAVTV beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET.
About Empire Racing
Established in 2009, Empire Racing Group is a driver-development team that strives to identify young racing talent and assist them in the advancement of their careers. While ERG originally focused on the ARCA Racing Series with drivers Sean Corr (team owner) and Mason Mitchell, the team has since expanded its reach into other series thanks in part to its alliance with Grumpy’s Performance, Inc. Under the expertise of crew chief Mike ‘Grumpy’ Cheek, ERG now competes in various Late Model series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). In 2016, Empire Racing Group will be serving as a developmental team for Richard Petty Motorsports, providing young drivers with driver coaching, technical support, as well as public relations and marketing needs. RPM will also utilize ERG for developing full pit crew for opportunities within the RPM organization. Additionally, ERG will compete in multiple racing series including the ARCA Racing Series, NCWTS, and NASCAR Late Model Series at various local short tracks. Drivers for the 2016 season include notable rising stars Austin Hill and Dylan Martin, Thad Moffitt, as well as racing veteran Sean Corr. To learn more about ERG, call (704) 664-8882 or visit www.empireracinggroup.com.
About Richard Petty Motorsports
A performance and marketing driven company, Richard Petty Motorsports, co-owned by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and successful business entrepreneur Andrew Murstein, is one of the most recognized brands in all of motorsports. With a history of over 200 wins and business partnerships with national and global leaders, today the race operation fields one team in competition in the NASCAR premier series with driver Aric Almirola. Almirola will return to the iconic No. 43 Ford with partners Smithfield Foods, STP, United States Air Force and Fresh From Florida. The team is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C.