KANSAS CITY, Kansas – Being spared any catastrophic damage to his hometown of Bluffton, South Carolina from Hurricane Matthew last weekend, Gus Dean heads to Kansas Speedway this weekend looking to make the Palmetto State proud with a strong run in Friday night’s Kansas ARCA 150 at Kansas Speedway.
“First at foremost, my thoughts and prayers are not only with those in the state of South Carolina, but everyone affected by Hurricane Matthew,” said Dean. “The storm was monstrous and while we’re incredibly thankful to have avoided any significant damage, there’s others who weren’t as fortunate.”
For a few days, Dean will be able to turn some attention from the devastation in his hometown state and make his seventh ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start of the season and first for Win-Tron Racing.
Dean will drive the No. 33 GREE / Cab Installers Toyota Camry for the Mooresville, North Carolina-based team and join teammate Shane Lee under the Win-Tron Racing umbrella.
“I’m excited to join Win-Tron Racing,” said Dean. “This is a great opportunity for myself, GREE and Cab Installers to cap off the season on a high note while also allowing me to get some more experience on a mile and a half track.
“I’m appreciative to Kevin (Cywinski) and the entire Win-Tron Racing team for welcoming us for the ARCA season finale and allowing us to help spread the word about Breast Cancer Awareness.”
The 22-year-old heads to Kansas Speedway after his inaugural intermediate track debut last month at Kentucky Speedway. While running solidly in the top-10, a large piece of debris went through the radiator sending the driver and his Mason Mitchell Motorsports team behind the wall for repairs. He later returned to the race and finished 21st.
“I learned a lot at Kentucky,” added Dean. “I know Kentucky and Kansas will be different when it comes to passing and racing groves, but the experience is priceless. We have the goal of going to Kansas and competing for a top-five finish and being a good teammate.”
With a one-day show on tap, Dean knows it will be important for he and crew chief Paul Clapprood to be on the same page and make gains during practice on Friday.
“Looking forward to working with Paul and digesting his knowledge in the sport,” added Dean. “He’s been around for a while and he works really well with Todd (Myers, Lee’s crew chief). That should pay off for both cars this weekend. It’s important to remember that while we’ll practice in the morning, we’ll be racing under the lights – so it’s crucial to make sure we have a good setup that will work during the daylight and at night. In the end, we’d like to contend for the win.”
Cywinski, a former driver and winning ARCA car owner is ecstatic about having Dean under their racing banner for Kansas.
“I’ve been keeping my eye on Gus all year and he’s done a real good job,” he said. “He’s had some ups and some downs, but he has stood tall through it all and that’s a key fundamental to our success at Win-Tron Racing. We think he’ll not only be fast at Kansas, but he’ll be an equally good teammate to Shane (Lee) and we can go there and close out the season with two top-five finishes.”
GREE will be joined by its master distributor for the US market, Tradewinds Climate Systems, as well as a number of their regional wholesalers, salespeople, and most importantly, fellow race fans. The company, which ranked 385th in Forbes’ Global 2000 possesses 18,000 active patents for products sold in 160 countries.
“GREE is excited to extend our ARCA partnership for Gus’s Kansas debut,” offered Tradewinds Climate Systems president Dave Pearson. “He’s been very fast the last couple of races, but has experienced some bad luck along the way. We’re confident that he’ll have a strong showing in his Win-Tron Racing.
“We all continue to be impressed with Gus’s driving capabilities as well his desire to stand up and fight through adversity. He has not only become a tremendous role model and spokesperson for GREE, but we know he’s a very talented driver too. We’re excited to get to Kansas and see the results first hand.”
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series spotter Tyler Green, who guided to Dean to his popular win at Talladega has also made the leap to Win-Tron Racing and will guide him in his Kansas Speedway debut.
Dean will carry the GREE on-board camera for the 100-lap event on Fri., Oct. 14. The Kansas ARCA 150 will be aired live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) beginning at 7:30 p.m. (Central).
For more on Gus Dean, please visit his all new website at GusDean.com. Dean also tweets. Follow him on Twitter @GusDean or like him on Facebook.
In 1991, GREE set out to make the world a cooler place. To this end, we’ve become a global leader in air conditioners, developing some of the most advanced commercial and residential air conditioners in the world. Based in Zhuhai, China, we’re now the world’s largest specialized air conditioner company integrating R&D, manufacturing, sales and service. It’s our mission to innovate and create new ways to help people live well and stay comfortable no matter where they live, work or play.
About Win-Tron Racing:
Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, Win-Tron Racing is a professional race team headquartered in “Race City USA.” Owned by former racer Kevin Cywinski who have built a successful program in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, as well as expanding to a full-time campaign in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starting in 2014. Learn more at WinTronRacing.com or on twitter @WinTronRacing
PHOTO CAPTION: The layout of the No. 33 GREE / Cab Installers Breast Cancer Awareness Toyota Camry for driver Gus Dean in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards for Win-Tron Racing.