Category: 2023 News

DEAN THOMPSON JOINS VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS FOR A PARTIAL SCHEDULE IN 2023

January 20, 2023 (Concord, NC) – Venturini Motorsports (VMS) has announced another addition to their 2023 roster: 21 year old Dean Thompson, from Anaheim, California. Thompson is set to take on a program of five races with VMS in the 2023 season; Kansas Speedway (May), Charlotte Motor Speedway, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Pocono Raceway, and Phoenix Raceway (ARCA-W).

“I’m super stoked to continue my partnership with Toyota by signing with Billy and Venturini Motorsports. They have established themselves as the pinnacle of ARCA and contenders to win at every race they enter. I know we will be competing for wins and I can’t wait to get started,” explained Thompson. 

Thompson’s racing career has only continued to gain momentum as he has worked his way through the various series. He distinguished himself throughout his successful late model racing career. The season of 2020 saw Thompson grasp six wins and garner a collection of 14 top five finishes. After a string of successes and dominating the season, Thompson procured his first Irwindale Speedway Late Model Championship. Augmenting his accomplishments, Thompson fought his way to the championship title again in 2021. 

The 2021 season also marked Thompson’s ARCA debut with seven ARCA West Series races. Additionally, he took on a race in the ARCA Main Series where he secured a top ten finish at Kansas Speedway. Having demonstrated his quick growth as a driver as well as his adaptability, Thompson has set himself up to advance quickly through the ranks. 

In his most recent season, Thompson completed a full slate of races in the NASCAR Truck Series. “My goals are to always be up front and win races. My time in the truck series has taught me so much about the tracks I’ll be racing at this year with VMS so I know that I’ll be able to accomplish these goals with the team,” asserted Thompson. 

Thompson joins Venturini Motorsports this season with a desire to sharpen his skills and prepare to perform at the highest levels of NASCAR. His strong racing resume and ingenuity will ensure a successful run in the ARCA Menards Series with VMS. As an experienced driver working with the most successful team in the history of the series, Thompson will have every resource needed to further his career. In combination with his ARCA schedule, Thompson will also be taking on a full season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. 

The Venturini Motorsports team have expressed their enthusiasm over their most recently signed talent. “Dean will be a strong addition to the program. He has experience out West and in truck which will make him tough to beat. I expect him to be contending for wins,” stated team owner Billy Venturini.

Thompson will make his VMS debut at Kansas Speedway on May 6. The race will be viewable on FS1 and the Fox Sports App at 2pm ET.

ISABELLA ROBUSTO TO MAKE HER ARCA DEBUT WITH VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS

January 18, 2023 (Concord, NC) – Venturini Motorsports (VMS) welcomes 18 year old Toyota Development Driver (TD2), Isabella Robusto, to their upcoming 2023 team roster. 

Making her ARCA debut this season, Robusto has already distinguished herself in the racing world. In 2018 she became the first female in a legends car to win a national qualifier. Hailing from Fort Mill, South Carolina, Robusto has been maximizing her time in the TD2 program. During the 2022 season she had 37 race starts of which 30 were top 10 finishes. 

Robusto’s goals came to fruition upon achieving her first late model wins at Tri-County Motor Speedway and Hickory Motor Speedway in 2022. Throughout the 2022 season Robusto demonstrated her consistency and exquisite race craft. Her talent was showcased at the South Carolina 400 at Florence Motor Speedway, where she executed a masterclass performance fighting from 30th place up to finish in 3rd. 

“I’m excited to climb the NASCAR ladder with VMS this season in the ARCA car for the first time,” exclaimed Robusto. “Toyota has helped me grow so much in the past year. From winning my first late model race with Lee Faulk Racing to just growing my racing resume.”

Robusto managed to graduate high school early in order to prioritize her racing career. As a lifelong athlete who has proven herself across multiple sports, Robusto dreams of making it to the NASCAR Cup Series. Given her relentless efforts to excel and having spent her free time during the 2022 season in the garage working alongside her team, she also plans on pursuing an engineering degree. 

Taking on a challenging slate of 50 different events across five different racing series in 2023, Robusto demonstrates her desire to quickly advance in the world of motorsport. Discussing her upcoming season Robusto remarked “I’m super excited to learn as much as I can and prove myself in the next levels.”

Prepared to help develop Robusto’s talent, Venturini Motorsports has a long and triumphant record in the series. As a Toyota Racing Development’s (TRD) official driver development program, VMS offers the resources and expertise to guide Robusto through her first ARCA season.

“We are thrilled to have Isabella at VMS. She has been in the TD2 program for a few years and we have tested with her at the TRD combine test. She showed very well and we’re expecting her to have a solid debut. I’m looking forward to working with her for years to come,” remarked team owner, Billy Venturini. 

Follow Isabella on her social media: @isabellarobusto55

 

VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS TAKES ON THE ARCA MENARDS EAST SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP WITH ROOKIE SEAN HINGORANI

January 18, 2023 (Concord, NC) – Venturini Motorsports (VMS) have made an addition to their formidable driver roster for the upcoming 2023 season: 16 year old rookie, Sean Hingorani, who will be taking on the full 2023 ARCA Menards East Series calendar. 

In addition to challenging for the ARCA East Series championship, Hingorani is set to run four ARCA Main races (Phoenix, Berlin, Mid Ohio, Toledo) and four ARCA West races (Irwindale, The Bullring at Las Vegas, Madera, and Phoenix) with Venturini Motorsports.

Hingorani, from Newport Beach, California, revealed himself to be a developing talent, showcasing his skills in a variety of series early in his career. He made his ARCA Menards West Series debut at Evergreen in 2022. 

His early racing career was rooted in the Southwest where he competed within the Legends division starting at the age of 14. Hingorani was able to collect his first race wins prior to securing the Silver State Road Course Championship. Wrapping up a notable run of races in 2022, Hingorani balanced both Pro Late races and Super Late races conjointly with a stint in the ARCA West Series. 

“Last year we took every chance we could to go racing,” commented Hingorani “It was awesome to pick up wins across quite a few different divisions. We knew it was really important to get in as much seat time as possible. Having a strong team and being in the car a lot has been really crucial in preparing to get to the next level. 

I’m beyond thrilled for the opportunity to run ARCA East and take the next step in my career to go racing with such a strong team as Venturini Motorsports and Toyota.”

In 2022, Hingorani competed in five races within the West Series, which provided essential preparation and a foundation for competing towards a championship title in the ARCA East Series under VMS’ Toyota Racing Development banner in 2023. 

In signing on with VMS, Hingorani will be working closely with Billy Venturini, who has demonstrated a track record of identifying and refining young talent. 

“We are really looking forward to having Sean as part of our Venturini Motorsports and Toyota team. He is a young, up and coming talent and we’re excited to see him grow throughout the program and help him prepare to  advance to the highest levels of NASCAR.”

Hingorani is set to pilot the No. 15 Toyota Camry and will carry the support of GEARWRENCH during the 2023 ARCA season with additional sponsorship to be announced.

“Being a part of such a legendary ARCA program is an honor and I couldn’t possibly be more excited to work with such a talented group of individuals. Venturini Motorsports and TRD make Champions! Let’s go win!” 

Hingorani will make his debut with Venturini Motorsports at Phoenix Raceway on March 10 for the combined ARCA Menards and ARCA West race before shifting focus to the full ARCA East slate and championship battle. Hingorani’s East season is set to commence at Five Flags Speedway on March 25 at 8pm and will be viewable via FloRacing. 

 

VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS TOPS THE BOARD AT PRE-SEASON TESTING

Venturini Motorsports (VMS) inaugurated the opening of the 2023 season with a clean sweep at pre-season testing. With an entry list of 61 drivers, VMS concluded the weekend with the four fastest cars. 

Toni Breidinger secured the fastest time of the weekend with her VMS teammates Amber Balcaen, Jesse Love, and Gus Dean closing out the top of the charts. Love, the VMS Championship contender of the season, demonstrated his quick learning during his first Daytona outing. Dean, who has previously competed at Daytona with Venturini Motorsports, showcased his consistency throughout the two day session. Announcements regarding Dean’s 2023 season are  to be released soon.  

“It felt so good to be back in the car,” explained Breidinger. “During the off season I trained incredibly hard and there were no days off. I know my Venturini Motorsports team and Toyota did the same to be able to bring me a fast Toyota Camry. I can’t wait to race at Daytona on February 18”

Balcaen, the new addition to the VMS driver roster, made a seamless transition into the new team and car. “It was a very successful weekend of testing with Venturini Motorsports. It felt great to lead our draft of really fast cars. I’m looking forward to the race. I think we can have a great result with the No. 15 ICON Toyota Camry,” Balcaen exclaimed. 

Closing out the two days of testing with the top four fastest cars, the team looks to carry the momentum into the first race of the season. 

“It was a solid overall team performance,” said team owner Billy Venturini. “It was nice to see the team execute and perform at such a high level. Hopefully we’ll end up in victory lane again this year.”

In the driver development era, VMS has seen massive success at Daytona International Speedway, having won the last five races at the superspeedway. VMS will be targeting an unprecedented sixth victory at Daytona Int’l Speedway on February 18. The race will air live on FS1 as well as the Fox Sports App at 1:30pm. 

CONNER JONES RETURNS TO VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS FOR 2023

January 13, 2023 (Concord, NC) – Venturini Motorsports (VMS) is thrilled to announce the return of 16 year old Conner Jones to VMS. Jones, who has seen exponential growth since his debut race with the team, will be piloting the No. 25 Toyota Camry. 

Throughout the early stages of his career, Jones has consistently demonstrated his talent on  various short tracks. Turning 17 at the end of February 2023, he will be age eligible to compete on one of the larger tracks on the ARCA Menards Series calendar; Pocono Raceway. 

In addition to adding the 2.5 mile track of Pocono Raceway to his 2023 Schedule, Jones will also run nine short tracks and two road-courses with Venturini Motorsports to comprise a 12 race ARCA campaign in 2023; Phoenix, Dover, Elko, Mid-Ohio, Iowa, Pocono, Lucas Oil, Watkins Glen, Milwaukee, Bristol, Salem, and Phoenix.

Jones took part in a six race schedule with VMS during the 2022 season. Upon his return, he will be partnering up with crew chief Kevin Reed Jr. Jones and Reed Jr made their debut together at the end of the 2022 season with which the duo  managed an exceptional qualifying result at Phoenix Raceway. Jones will carry the support of PepperJack Kennels and Jones Utilities on his No. 25 Toyota Camry.

As a premier driver development program, VMS offers all of the necessary resources to enable a driver to graduate into the highest levels of NASCAR. Led by Billy Venturini, the team has unwavering confidence in the potential of 16 year old Jones.

“Conner is a young driver with huge potential” explains Billy Venturini. “We’ve already had him in the VMS program for 6 races and he has shown impressive speed in every one of them. I believe that having had that experience in 2022, he has what he needs to achieve great results with us in 2023.”

Hailing from Fredericksburg, Virginia, Jones began racing at the karting level. Since then he has honed his skills through a number of different series. As a super late model race winner and having run a full season in the CARS Late Model Stock Tour, Jones arrived in ARCA well equipped to progress through the ranks. 

Jones revealed these talents during his debut with Venturini Motorsports at the 2022 ARCA East race at Dover Motor Speedway where he earned a third place finish. Jones is eager to draw from the momentum of a successful season while he strives to clinch his first win in the ARCA Series. 

“I feel really good going into this season” explains Jones. “The VMS crew puts together good cars and I think I will be capable of winning with them.”

Jones’ ARCA season will kick off on March 10 at Phoenix Raceway. The race will commence at 8pm EST and will be viewable on FS2 or through the Fox Sports App.

AMBER BALCAEN TO MAKE HER VMS DEBUT AT DAYTONA INT’L SPEEDWAY

January 12, 2023 (Concord, NC) – Venturini Motorsports (VMS) announces that Amber Balcaen will be joining their 2023 driver lineup. Balcaen has signed on with VMS to take part in their ARCA Menards Series races at Daytona and Talladega. She will be behind the wheel of the No. 15 Toyota Camry with continued support from her sponsor, Icon Direct.

“I’ve watched Venturini Motorsports dominate the ARCA Menards series for years and it’s been a dream of mine for a long time to drive for VMS” explains Balcaen. “To say I’m excited to drive for a hugely winning team is an understatement! I’m thrilled knowing I’ll be in a fast car this season!”

Balcaen, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, is an established name in the racing world. Known for her skill on track so much as her notable personality. She comes from a racing family, making her a third generation driver. With a goal of reaching the pinnacle of NASCAR, Balcaen has proved herself to be a rising talent in motorsport having already become the first Canadian woman to procure a win in a NASCAR sanctioned race. Off track she has made a name for herself as both an entrepreneur and influencer serving as a role model to countless fans.

Balcaen comes to Venturini Motorsports this season following her first full season of ARCA racing in 2022. During her rookie season she captured six top ten finishes. Balcaen will be returning to Daytona where she had a particularly strong race in 2022.

“Having raced Daytona last year, and knowing the track record that Venturini Motorsports has at superspeedways, I’m very confident going into Daytona knowing we have a real shot to be at the front of the pack. My goal is to earn my ARCA career best finish and put the No. 15 Icon Direct VMS car on the podium!” 

Throughout her rookie ARCA season, Balcaen demonstrated all of the skills coveted by drivers looking to reach the highest levels of motorsport. Her time honing her abilities while moving up the ranks has solidified an adept knowledge of her craft while showcasing her ever improving speed on track and brilliant race craft. 

Known by many as being “the underdog of NASCAR,” Balcean, armed with a business degree, has worked tirelessly to secure her own sponsorship deals. She is eager to expand on her successes with all of the best resources VMS has to offer. 

“I improved a lot through 2022 and I’m excited to put that all to use in 2023! Between my experience last year, and the speed that the VMS cars show year in and year out, I have no doubt that we can put together a successful performance.” 

Balcaen will be making her debut with Venturini Motorsports at Daytona International Speedway on February 18. The race will begin at 1:30pm EST and will be viewable on FS1 or the Fox Sports app. 

For more on Balcaen’s sponsorship: ICON Direct, based in Balcaen’s home province, Manitoba, Canada, manufactures and markets high quality plastic components for the RV industry. Additionally, ICON aftermarket replacement parts are available through distributors across North America or can be acquired directly through their website, IconDirect.com 

VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF TONI BREIDINGER

January 11, 2023 (Concord, NC) – Venturini Motorsports (VMS) announces the return of Toni Breidinger to their driver roster for the 2023 ARCA Menards Season. Breidinger has signed on with VMS for a slate of 11 races including Daytona, Phoenix, Talladega, Dover, Kansas, Charlotte, Iowa, Lucas Oil, Pocono, Kansas, and Phoenix.

Breidinger makes her return to VMS for the 2023 season having completed a full 20 race calendar with the team in 2022. With expert racecraft, hard earned over years of professional development, and a personality that has engaged hundreds of thousands of fans, Breidinger’s goal of reaching the highest levels of NASCAR has grown closer with every checkered flag. Breidinger’s career has been on a perpetual upward trajectory. 

Breidinger made waves on debut, finishing fastest in the singular practice session at Daytona and walking away with a top ten finish on race day. Progressing throughout the season, she was able to collect six top ten results in her rookie ARCA season.

“2023 was a big growing year for me. It was my rookie season and every time I went to a track it was brand new for me. It was a big learning curve. I’m looking forward to applying what I learned last year to this year.”

Breidinger will be following up her remarkable rookie season with a formidable spread of races, allowing her to revisit a number of the tracks from her debut season. In 2022 she secured top-ten results on both appearances at Kansas Speedway. Carrying momentum into the new season, she looks forward to returning to Kansas for both of the ARCA Menards Series races in the 2023 season (May 6 and Sep 8) to build on her initial successes. 

“Daytona is the most exciting race of the season for me. The environment there is just different and I’ve been looking forward to going back and racing there again. Another track I’m really looking forward to going to is Phoenix which was a highlight for me last season.”

Breidinger gained experience in the racing world through the United States Automobile Club (USAC) where she accumulated 19 victories. In her late teens she advanced from open wheel midgets to stock cars, with her 2021 ARCA debut making her the first ever Arab American woman to race in NASCAR. 

During her time with VMS, Breidinger has worked tirelessly to develop the skills necessary to advance to the highest level of NASCAR. Working alongside her for the 2023 season will be crew chief Cayden Lapcevich. 

Breidinger and VMS will embark on their collective race callander at the highly anticipated ARCA Menards Series’ season debut at Daytona International Speedway. The race will air live on February 18 and can be viewed on FS1 and the Fox Sports App. 

 

Jesse Love to Compete for the 2023 ARCA Championship with Venturini Motorsports

January 10, 2023 (Concord, NC) – Venturini Motorsports (VMS) announced today the return of Toyota Racing Development driver Jesse Love to their driver lineup for 2023. After running multiple partial seasons with Venturini Motorsports, Love will finally be age eligible to compete in the full season of the ARCA Menards Series. Love will celebrate his 18th birthday on Saturday January 14 at Daytona Int’l Speedway as he tests in preparation for the upcoming season.

The two-time ARCA West Champion hopes to follow up his successes by securing the 2023 ARCA Menards series championship in his first season of eligibility.

“I’m really looking forward to this year with my No. 20 team” exclaimed Love. “How we ended last year was really strong so you can sense the confidence in our team. We know exactly what we need to do to execute a championship season in 2023.”  

Love is set to pilot the No. 20 Toyota Camry and will rejoin Crew Chief Shannon Rursch for the upcoming season. Love and Rursch competed in 16 races in the 2022 season together. The dynamic duo helped to procure second place for the No. 20 in the 2022 ARCA Menards Owners Championship standings.

Love, from Menlo Park, California, made his debut with VMS in the 2020 season at Winchester Speedway. In the 2021 season he ran 10 races with VMS between the ARCA Menards Series and ARCA East Series. He would go on to capture his first win with the team at Salem Speedway in 2021. 

In his most recent season with VMS, Love collected four pole position awards and seized his second win within the ARCA Menards Series at Illinois State Fairgrounds. He amassed seven top two finishes and ten top five finishes across the series in 2022. 

“We have a great team built around our No. 20 car. Billy and Shannon provide the opportunity to have the best team and best car going to the race track every weekend which is a big advantage. We also know our strengths and weaknesses so we have a great starting point for 2023.”

Venturini Motorsports and Jesse Love will begin their quest for an ARCA Menards Series Championship at Daytona International Speedway in the series’ season opener on Saturday, February 18. The race will air live on FS1 and the Fox Sports App at 1:30pm EST.