Christian Eckes Ready to make First Start at Iowa Speedway

Venturini Motorsports

Concord, NC (July 6, 2016) – Fifteen year-old Christian Eckes is set to make his third career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start in this weekend’s ARCA 150 presented by Casey’s General Store at Iowa Speedway on July 9.

Christian Eckes ARCA Venturini“This weekend will be a big step in my career,” said Eckes, who noted he’s never raced on any track larger than a half-mile.

Iowa Speedway is a state-of-the-art racing facility featuring a 7/8-mile paved oval. Saturday’s ARCA 150 is scheduled for 132 laps.

“Iowa will be fast and challenging. Outside the time I’ve spent on IRacing preparing for this start I’ve never turned a single lap there (Iowa). The biggest learning curve for me this weekend will be the braking in the corners and when to get back to the gas. I basically have to learn how to adapt and learn how to drive all over again.”

Eckes, driving for Venturini Motorsports, has turned in two solid performances with a season best eighth place finish coming in his series debut at Nashville early in the season.

On Saturday, Eckes will once again saddle up and get behind the wheel of his No.15 New York Bus Sales Toyota Camry for another chance to showcase his talent. Veteran crew chief, Jeff McClure, will continue to work with the young New York state native.

“The ARCA Series give me a great opportunity to gain experience in these heavier stock cars,” added Eckes. “Everyone here at Venturini has been really helpful getting me up to speed, the crew, my teammates – the entire group has been fun to work with.

Focused on gaining experience, Eckes hopes his early on-track performance shines some attention and respect from his fellow competitors.

“I’m young and only here for a handful of races so it’s important I learn as much as I can. Hopefully along the way I can prove myself and gain some respect from some of the series veterans. They’ve raced me hard and clean – hopefully they walk away saying the same about me.”

Iowa Speedway Weekend Schedule for ARCA 150 presented by Casey’s General Store
Practice for the Iowa ARCA 150 will begin on Saturday, July 9 from 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 3:15 p.m. The Iowa ARCA 150 is live on FS2 at 8 p.m. local Central time. Live Timing and Scoring and live Chat will also be available at

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, Brian Scott, Ryan Blaney, Brennan Poole, Daniel Suarez, Brandon Jones and John Wes Townley. 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 and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.