Concord, North Carolina (July 20, 2016) – The talented 15-year old, Christian Eckes, will make his fourth and final ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season start with Venturini Motorsports this weekend in the Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 presented by Jive at Lucas Oil Raceway.
Despite showing speed and a level of maturity behind the wheel far beyond his age, Eckes has been slowed during his last two outings due to issues outside his control. After posting a nearly flawless top-10 (eighth position) finish at Nashville in his ARCA Series debut, Eckes has been stricken with mechanical issues in back-to-back events.
Out qualifying his Venturini Motorsports’ teammates in two of his first three career series starts (Nashville and Iowa), Eckes’ results have been less than satisfying. Brake and gear issues hurt his chances last month at Madison Int’l Speedway finishing 14th and just two weeks ago faulty plug wires abandoned his outside pole position qualifying effort – contributing to an 11th place finish.
“I’m hoping we’ve used up all of our bad luck and can get back to showing our true potential and fight for a win this weekend,” said Eckes. “It’s been disappointing, we’ve been really good each time out, but just can’t catch a break.”
Eckes will have one final shot Friday night to erase the disappointment of the last couple of races.
“We’re coming to Indy this week well-prepared. My crew chief Jeff McClure and the entire Venturini group have prepared a great car for Friday’s race. The track (Lucas Oil Raceway) will be slick and the temps will be hot so nothing will come easy – the only thing I know for certain is I’m ready to turn things around and give it my best effort,” added Eckes.
Lucas Oil Raceway Weekend Schedule
Featuring a one day event, Friday will consist of two practice sessions for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 starting at 1:35PM – 2:20PM, followed by final practice from 3:00PM – 3:45PM. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is at 5:30PM. Pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions begin at 8:30PM with the green flag waving at 9:00PM. All times Eastern.
The Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 is live on FOX SPORTS 1 (FS1). ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live chat of all ARCA Racing Series on-track activities.
ABOUT VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS:
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.