NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (June 22, 2016)- Returning to NASCAR competition for the first time in nearly 10 months, World Stage Racing’s Brian Wong will once again continue his reputation as “road racing specialist,” competing at this weekend’s K&N Pro Series West in conjunction with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Sharing the same weekend with the biggest names in NASCAR, both driver and team will continue their focus on digitally focused platforms by partnering with Integrated Device Technology (IDT), a 36-year-old Silicon Valley semiconductor company that develops a wide range of products. IDT currently holds the Silicon Valley hub for Northeastern University, which Brian Wong is closely affiliated with.
“Competing at Sonoma alongside the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is another amazing opportunity,” stated Brian Wong. “Any event in California is considered a home race for us, and it will be good to not be the lone Asian face in the crowd. I just hope the reporters can tell us apart. Regardless, everyone at World Stage Racing and Ranier Racing with MDM have been working very hard to put this program together, and it’s great to see it all happen. We have a great partner in IDT along with us, as well as some of our long-time partners such as GT Channel and more. It’s a very competitive field out there this weekend, but it’s a track we know well and it’s an excellent team, so we all feel very prepared.”
As the flagship driver behind World Stage’s continuing efforts, Brian Wong will take to the wheel of the No. 40 Chevrolet, prepared by team partner Ranier Racing with MDM. As a team comprised of both NASCAR veterans and business professionals from a number of disciplines, the unique makeup of the team is a very cohesive fit with World Stage Racing, which strives for taking a very business-minded approach to their racing efforts.
A highly experienced driver in both NASCAR and sportscar competition, Wong will return to the event as a veteran of road races around the world, having competed in everything from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to the former American Le Mans Series, and even the Red Bull Global Rallycross championship. No stranger to large venues and success, Wong has competed at events including the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, and became the first Chinese-American in history to score a podium finish in American Le Mans Series competition by taking third at the famed Petit Le Mans. As the first race of his 2016 season, Wong is aware that the limited track-time inherent in a joint race weekend will provide a unique challenge, but he’s optimistic that he can draw from nearly ten years of experience.
Adorning the No. 40 will be the colors of IDT, a storied company that will feel at home in a city located just one-hour north of Silicon Valley. IDT is a 36-year-old Silicon Valley semiconductor company that develops a wide range of products. In fact, virtually every 4G LTE call globally goes through IDT chips. IDT also has a strong presence in automotive electronics with products that include sensors for numerous areas of automobile electronics systems, as well as chips for infotainment systems and wireless charging. The company also is currently involved in research that uses our technology to enable network-connected autonomous vehicles.
Northeastern University established its Silicon Valley hub at IDTs San Jose headquarters. In addition to sharing a building, they are engaged in research with one another and have a close relationship. As the first in a series of educational hubs embedded directly in companies across the Bay Area, Northeastern University—Silicon Valley was conceived to educate more working professionals in the Silicon Valley region and beyond in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM fields).
Practice for the race begins this Friday, June 24, with the race taking place on Saturday, June 25, at 1PM PST. The team will provide continuous updates throughout the race weekend.