Returns to Cunningham Motorsports –
Hessert’s New Year’s Resolution: ARCA Series Championship Title
January 1, 2013 – (Mooresville, NC) – As Tom Hessert returns to Cunningham Motorsports for the 2013 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season, he has made a couple of resolutions for the upcoming season. The 26 year old, recently married Cherry Hill, New Jersey native plans to grab more victories with the team that helped him earn his first ARCA Series trophy in 2010 at Iowa Speedway, and in the process, to be in contention for the Series championship title all season.
Right from the drop of the green flag at the 2.5 mile Daytona International Speedway in February, Hessert and his team plan to turn heads. After testing at the speedway in December during the open ARCA test, NASCAR championship crew chief, Paul Andrews, returned to the team’s Mooresville, NC shop with great information to make the #77 race ready for February. With the engine shop at Penske Racing also making adjustments, the atmosphere is one of great expectations.
Cunningham Motorsports co-owner, Kerry Scherer, commented about the exciting announcement, “We are thrilled to have Tom return to our organization. With Tom already familiar with our organization, we should have a smooth transition in Daytona in February, with little adjustment period. We are looking forward to a great 2013 season.”
In addition to taking his first checkered flag in July, 2010 with the Cunningham organization, Hessert finished third in championship points, leading the year-long battle several times throughout that season. Hessert earned his second victory at Salem Speedway during the 2012 season. 2013 will be Hessert’s 6th season in the ARCA Series with 98 career starts since 2007, 2 wins, 25 top-5 finishes and 49 top-10 finishes.
Hessert is a second generation racer, following in his father’s, Tom Hessert II tracks. One of the highlights of Tom’s racing career has been competing twice in the prestigious 24 Hours of Daytona with his father, who is a 3 time winner-in-class of the Rolex 24. In 2003, Tom was the first 16 year old to compete in that race. Hessert began his racing career at the age of 6 and graduated from quarter midgets into go-karts and Micro Sprints, winning numerous races and divisional championships at each level. The veteran of the USAR Pro Cup Series, USAC Sprint Car Series, and USAC Midget Series enjoys working out, golf, and movies.
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~Cunningham Motorsports Press Release~