Driver: Michael Lira
Series: ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
Event: Herr’s Chase The Taste 200
Track: Winchester Speedway
Team: Lira Motorsports
Car: No. 58 Momo / TraqGear / Ford Performance Ford Fusion
Race Date: June 28, 2015
Michael Lira will return to action this weekend for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Herr’s Chase The Taste 200 at Winchester Speedway. The 17-year old driver was forced to skip the past two series races due to track age restrictions, but he turns 18 in just three weeks, and plans to run all of the remaining races through the end of the season.
This will be Michael’s second visit to the 1/2 mile Winchester, Indiana track. In his first appearance there last year, he acclimated himself to the 31° banked corners quickly, posting the the fifth fastest time in practice. Ultimately, Michael’s race day ended early last year with a transmission issue.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Lira said last year. “To come out and post the fifth fastest time in practice was a really good feeling. It was literally my first time on the track! I’m excited to come back here next season though.”
When he gets to the track, Michael will be climbing back behind the wheel of his Lira Motorsports No. 58 Momo / Ford Performance / TraqGear Ford Fusion, which is now a race winning car in the ARCA Racing Series. Filling in for Michael at Chicagoland Speedway last week was Roush Fenway NASCAR Xfinity Series regular Ryan Reed, who took the car to victory lane in the Scott 150.
Michael Lira on racing at Winchester Speedway: “First, I want to congratulate Ryan Reed, as well as all of my Lira Motorsports crew that worked on his car, for their victory last week. It is truly a great accomplishment for our team, in our first year of ARCA competition.”
“Winchester is one of my favorite tracks on the schedule, and last year I had a lot of speed and ended up falling out of the race with a transmission issue. Hopefully this weekend can be the end of my bad luck streak and we can get win number two for the 58 crew.”
Get Michael’s autograph: Michael will be participating in the ARCA Series driver autograph session at the track on Sunday between 12:00 noon and 1:00pm. Stop by to say ‘hi’, and be sure to congratulate him on graduating from High School earlier this month!
On-track schedule: The ARCA Series drivers have two practice sessions and qualifying on Saturday, June 27th. First practice is 1:00pm-1:45pm ET, followed by final practice from 3:00pm-3:45pm ET. Menards Pole Qualifying Presented by Ansell begins at 6:15pm ET. On Saturday, June 28th there is an ARCA driver autograph session from 12:00 noon-1:00pm ET, followed by the start of the Herr’s Chase The Taste 200, scheduled for 2:00pm ET. The race will be 200 laps (100 miles).
The race will be televised live on CBS Sports Network at 2:00pm ET, Sunday, June 28. ARCAracing.com will also feature live timing and scoring of all ARCA on-track activities Saturday and Sunday.
Connect with Michael online: follow Michael Lira on Twitter at @1MichaelLira and explore his official website at www.MichaelLiraRacing.com. You can also find him on Facebook at /MichaelLiraRacingOfficial. Learn more about Lira Motorsports at www.LiraMotorsports.com.