MILLVILLE, New Jersey (May 27, 2015)- Headed in to Sunday’s ARCA 150 presented by Unique Pretzels, World Stage Racing’s Brian Wong was hoping that the strength found in his previous runner-up finish in the ARCA Racing Series’ annual visit to New Jersey Motorsports Park would repeat itself. Unfortunately, an endless series of electrical issues with the Series’ mandated spec motor would hamper Wong throughout the weekend, ultimately ending his race early with a 20th place finish. The one highlight to the weekend would be Brian’s fifth place qualifying effort, despite a fading engine.
“It’s frustrating for sure,” stated the Newport Beach native. “We came in to the weekend knowing we had a real shot, but we just never got ahead of the problems this weekend. It’s frustrating because there’s nothing that anyone on the team could do as the issues were decided by the Series and out of the team’s control, but I guess that’s racing and we’ll just take the disappointment and move on.”
Driving for the storied Venturini Motorsports, the same team for which he’s driven the previous two years at this event, the team’s woes began at the beginning of the weekend. With the No. 55 Nuts.com / Nitty Toyota suffering engine gremlins before he could ever turn a lap, Wong, the first Chinese-American to take a podium in ARCA competition, was only able to get on track during the second practice session. Knowing how valuable track time would be, Brian made the most of it to still end the day fifth on the charts.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (May 19, 2015)- Less than one year after World Stage Racing’s Brian Wong made an impressive drive to a second-place finish during the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event at New Jersey Motorsports Park, the 26-year old will return with Venturini Motorsports in search of victory during this weekend’s ARCA 150 presented by Unique Pretzels.
“This will be my third year at New Jersey and I think we’re as ready as we’ll ever be,” stated the 26-year-old. “Every year we’ve improved, and now that I’m in my third year with the folks at Venturini Motorsports, I feel very comfortable headed into the weekend. It’s a great event, and it’s great to be back in a stock car. I can’t thank everyone at Nuts.com, Nitty, and World Stage Racing enough for their support in getting us here.”
MONTEREY, Calif. (May 5, 2015)- Taking part in his first-ever race in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America, Brian Wong would close his weekend on a high with a third-place finish in class during this weekend’s season-opening event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
“It’s great to be able to walk away with some hardware,” stated Wong. “It’s been an interesting experience getting to learn these cars and this series, but it was a lot of fun and I really appreciate the effort that everyone put in. The Huracán has been a phenomenal car to drive, and everyone at O’Gara Motorsports has shown a lot of potential with how the program has been put together, so all in all we’re happy with what we were able to see.”
As the first weekend of the 2015 championship, the most notable element to this year’s campaign is the debut of the all-new Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo, brought into the series to phase out the previous Gallardo LP 570-4. As a one-make series, all competitors were matched in the Italian marques, with team setup and preparation combined with driver talent playing the critical differentiating roles. For this weekend, Wong was aligned with O’Gara Motorsports, a Beverly Hills-based team undertaking their first year of running a race effort in-house.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (April 29, 2015)- Following an absence from on-track competition in recent months, World Stage Racing’s Brian Wong will once again return to the track during this weekend’s Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Marking his return to the IMSA paddock, the 26-year-old will take part in this weekend’s opening rounds of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series North America with the recently revamped O’Gara Motorsports.
“It’s great to be back in action,” stated the Newport Beach native. “I was fortunate to get my first taste of the new Huracán a few weeks ago and I was instantly impressed. The car is incredibly well balanced, fun to drive… and fast. It’s been a while since I’ve been in a proper sportscar race, so it’s a great opportunity to return. Thanks to everyone at World Stage Racing and O’Gara Motorsports for having the faith in me to join.”