MILLVILLE, N.J. (July 27, 2013) - In his debut for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, World Stage Racing’s Brian Wong qualified an impressive third for tomorrow’s Barbera’s Autoland 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
“Qualifying went about as well as I could have asked for,” stated Wong. “Everyone at Venturini Motorsports has been great to work with so far, and I’m glad we were able to come back from practice to show some real pace.”
With practice and qualifying all taking place today, time was scarce for the Newport Beach, California native to get used to his No. 55 Venturini Motorsports Toyota Camry on a track he’d never driven. After finishing fourth in the first practice session, the team had struggled with brake issues throughout the second session, putting Wong in a difficult position headed in to qualifying.
Having to skip his qualifying group in order to resolve the braking issues, Wong was able to get on track later during the session, having never had a chance to make a proper qualifying simulation on fresh tires. Getting up to speed quickly, Wong was one of four drivers to break the pre-existing track record, with the Californian’s average speed of 99.771 mph good enough to take the inside of the second row.
Unfortunately, since Wong wasn’t able to qualify with his assigned group, the first ever Chinese-American to earn a podium in American Le Mans Series competition will have to make his ARCA debut from the back of the pack.
“It’s unfortunate to start from the back, but it should make for an exciting race,” stated Wong. “The guys did everything they could to get the car ready in time for qualifying, it just didn’t work out. If we can get through the field without damaging the car in the process, it should still be a good day.”
Tomorrow’s race will begin at 1PM ET, with live timing and scoring plus audio coverage on arcaracing.com.