IRWINDALE, Calif. (October 21, 2014)- Having not been behind the wheel of a Super Late Model in over five years, World Stage Racing’s Brian Wong exercised remarkable patience to take sixth place during Saturday’s round of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, California.
“It was great to get back behind the wheel, and I’m pretty happy with the result,” stated Wong. “I haven’t driven a proper race at Irwindale in a long time, and it’s great to see the facility back in action. This is some of the best racing out there, and I really appreciate the efforts of everyone at World Stage Racing to make this happen.”
Wong most recently made headlines with a second-place finish in the ARCA Racing Series at New Jersey Motorsports Park, the series’ lone visit to a road course. Having not taken to the wheel of a Super Late Model since 2009, the first Chinese-American to score a podium in ARCA competition has focused his career efforts in recent years in both stock cars and endurance sports car racing. In addition to his ARCA success, Wong has also taken podium finishes in such noted sports car races as the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring as well as Petit Le Mans.
With World Stage Racing having recently fielded their team of Super Late Model vehicles for NASCAR star David Gilliland and his family, the revitalized organization saw fit to put Wong back in the seat for Saturday’s event.
Qualifying on the fourth row, the Newport Beach native was immediately on pace for the 50-lap sprint. With contact and attrition a normal part of the Late Model scene, Brian knew that patience and feeling his way through the race would be a critical ingredient during the early laps. Fighting a slight understeer, Wong would get a strong handle on his car as the race progressed, eventually advancing a position with 15 laps to go.
Following a late incident, the race would end under NASCAR’s famed green-white-checker format, meaning Wong would have a two-lap sprint to the end to try and gain further positions. Unfortunately, a balked car in front of him would prevent any further advancement, however Brian would still manage sixth without a scratch on the car.
“It was important to preserve the car,” continued Wong. “With World Stage’s late model program only running a few events this year, I didn’t want to be the one to bend the car, so ultimately we’re happy with where we are. Of course a top-five or a win would be the ultimate return, but the race was just about getting re-acclimated.”
While the team’s next NASCAR commitment remains to be announced, World Stage Racing continues to push forward in a number of motorsport endeavors. With an emphasis in not only bridging the gap between United States and Chinese business through motorsport, WSR has recently undergone a digital initiative in partnership with USC’s Marshall School of Business, looking to revolutionize the ways in which the support engages a millennial audience.