MILLVILLE, N.J. (July 29, 2013)-Despite having to start from the back following a qualifying procedure infraction, World Stage Racing’s Brian Wong drove an impressive race to take seventh during yesterday’s Barbera’s Autoland 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Making his debut in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, Wong can take a lot of satisfaction from his day.
“I’m very happy with our performance today,” stated the Newport Beach, California native. “Having to start from the back on a road course always makes for a tough challenge, especially with the heat, but everyone at Venturini Motorsports gave me the tools and insight to take the car to the front. I think we did a great job given the circumstances.”
Even though Wong had set the third fastest time in qualifying, a braking issue forced the Californian to miss his qualifying group, forcing him to start from the back per ARCA series rules.
Racing in over 100 degree weather in the sweltering New Jersey humidity, the entire Venturini Motorsports team knew that the No. 55 Toyota Camry would have a tough challenge ahead.
Making quick work of the back half of the field, Wong was knocking on the door of the top ten before reaching the midpoint of the race. Knowing that pit work and strategy would play a key role in making up the remaining spots, the Venturini Motorsports team elected to pit Brian right at the edge of the fuel window in order to make it to the end.
As pit stops cycled through, Wong’s earlier stop would advance him to as high as third at one point, however with much of the field behind him running on fresher tires, the three-time ALMS podium winner had his work cut out to keep the field at bay. Having used up much of his car to get to the front, Wong elected to exercise patience during the waning laps of the race, falling back to seventh by the time the checkered flag fell.
While the weekend did feature several setbacks, overall Wong and the entire World Stage Racing organization can take some satisfaction in the potential shown.
“We definitely showed what we were capable of today,” continued Wong. “We qualified third and got right back into that spot during the race, it’s just tough to get there without burning up the car in the process. Everyone at Venturini did a great job this weekend and hopefully we’ll be back with better results to come.”
While there are currently no significant future announcements for Wong and World Stage Racing, be sure to check back in as the organization looks to continue a strong 2013 season.