USAC Standout Tanner Thorson Set for ARCA Debut at Springfield Dirt Mile

Venturini Motorsports

Concord, North Carolina (August 16, 2016) – Standout USAC midget driver, Tanner Thorson, will make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut driving for Venturini Motorsports at the Illinois State Fairgrounds dirt mile this weekend on Sunday, August 21.

Tanner Thorson ARCA Racing Series 2016The 20-year old Thorson is entered in the No. 55 Toyota Racing Development Toyota Camry.

Thorson, a native of Minden, Nevada, is widely known for his prowess behind the wheel of his open wheel machines. Gaining national recognition in the USAC and POWERi series’, Thorson was crowned the 2015 National Midget Champion and kicked off his year winning the 2016 Chili Bowl Race of Champions. Both wins driving for powerhouse Keith Kunz Motorsports. Already with 11-feature wins this season, the talented Thorson is excited for his next opportunity.

“I’m really excited for this next challenge,” says Thorson. “Outside the midget and sprint cars I’ve only made two starts in a full-bodied stock car – both coming recently with David Gilliland Racing. And now getting a start in the ARCA Series with Venturini Motorsports is huge. I can’t thank everyone at Toyota enough, especially Jack (Irving) for giving me this opportunity.”

Thorson, referencing his limited stock car experience, finished 10th at Lucas Oil Raceway last month in his first ever ARCA/CRA Super Series while backing up his performance two weeks later scoring a third-place finish racing in the CARS Tour Super late model division at Orange County Speedway.

“Making my first ARCA start on the dirt at Springfield, with my experience, gives me added confidence. I know the Venturini guys will unload great equipment. It’s my job to get acclimated quickly and do the best I can. I’m here to gain experience but I really think I can go out and be competitive. I think a top-5 is a realistic goal,” added Thorson.

“I’ve already had a lot of support from the Venturini guys back at the shop and have talked with David (Gilliland) and Matt Crafton over the last few week. They’ve all given me a lot of solid advice. I’m going pace myself and get comfortable – patience will be important. ”

Surprisingly with all his Midwest area midget and sprint car dirt experience, this will be Thorson’s first attempt at the Springfield Mile.

“Springfield looks like a slick pavement track to me. I have a feel for these big body cars now and I already have the feel for dirt so I expect to settle in quickly. It will be interesting to see the track condition come Sunday. They’ve had a lot of rain – if it continues we should be hooked up.”

Venturini Motorsports, with 41 all-time ARCA Series victories, has won two out of the last three races at Springfield (Brennan Poole ’13 and Kevin Swindell ’14).

The 54th running of the 100, one of the capital city’s largest sporting events, takes center stage on the world’s fastest mile dirt track alongside the 164th annual Illinois State Fair, ongoing since 1853. 100 Schedule
Practice for the 100 is scheduled from 9:00-10:00 a.m. with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 11:15 a.m. The 54th annual Central Illinois 100 starts at 1:30 p.m. All times are local.

Live on American Sports Network
The 100 will be live on the American Sports Network and will also stream live at will feature live timing and scoring and live chat of all on-track activity and a live chat box throughout the afternoon.

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.