LOS ANGELES, Calif. (July 19, 2013)- Following a 2013 schedule that has seen him travel from Sebring to Long Beach to most recently the United Kingdom, Brian Wong will head to New Jersey Motorsports Park to make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut during next weekend’s Barbera Autoland 150 presented by Driven Racing Oil.
Wong, the first Chinese-American to ever achieve a podium finish in American Le Mans Series history, is hoping to extend the feat to the national stock-car ranks. Joining Venturini Motorsports, a team who has been in the ARCA Racing Series for over 30 years with multiple championships, the sports car veteran will be a notable “ringer” in the series’ second visit to a road course during the 2013 season. Wong will be driving the No. 55 Toyota Camry.
“To drive with a team as reputable as Venturini Motorsports is a big honor,” stated Wong. “Their history in the series speaks for itself, and I know I’ll be in good hands next weekend. Stock car racing on a road course is always fun for the fans, and I’m looking forward to mixing it up with that group. Some great names have come through the series, and it’s exciting to venture into the next phase of my stock car career.”
With a series that has seen drivers including Danica Patrick, Juan Pablo Montoya, Kyle Busch and more, the ARCA Racing Series is one of the premier national stock-car racing categories in the country. Running multiple events in conjunction with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the opportunity for the Newport Beach, California-based Wong is palpable.
While the Californian is primarily known for his sports car prowess in various international GT ranks, Brian Wong actually began his career in stock-car racing. He has been a frequent competitor in the NASCAR K&N Series ranks, including a top five at the series' own road course event at Infineon Raceway.
Most recently, Brian took a victory last weekend in his first-ever drive for the Maserati Trofeo World Series.
Wong will arrive in southern New Jersey with continued support from long-time partner, World Stage Racing. As an organization dedicated to bridging the gap between Chinese and American business through a motorsports platform, Wong’s ascension into the national stock-car ranks is the logical next step for the entire organization.
“World Stage has been a great partner throughout my career,” continued Wong. “Being Chinese-American, there’s a little bit of added pressure to properly represent, but at the end of the day I put the most pressure on myself to do well. Luckily with Venturini Motorsports I know I have the right team; we’ll see what next weekend brings.”
Practice for the Barbera’s Autoland 150 will begin on Saturday, July 27, with the race taking place the next day, July 28, at 1PM ET..