MILLVILLE, NJ (June 3, 2013)- In only his second race in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, Southern California native Brian Wong took an impressive runner-up finish during Sunday’s Great Railing 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, also winning the Scott’s Rookie of the Race award in the process.
“I couldn’t be happier with the result,” stated Wong. “We knew after last year’s race we had what it took to be competitive, and this weekend everything finally came together to prove it. Everyone at Venturini Motorsports did a great job of preparing the car, and equally important they had a great strategy heading in. The entire race was well thought out and well planned, and the result shows. Thanks to everyone not only at Venturini, but World Stage Racing as well who put everything together.”
Following an up-and-down event in 2013, Wong, the first Chinese-American competitor in ARCA history, came into this year’s event ready to improve on last year’s form. Returning to the No. 55 Venturini Motorsports Toyota Camry, the Newport Beach resident was immediately on pace during the opening practice sessions gridding on the outside of row three for the race.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (May 28, 2014)- Following an impressive ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut in 2013, World Stage Racing’s Brian Wong will return to the site of his first venture, New Jersey Motorsports Park. Competing for the second year in a row during Sunday’s Great Railing 150 presented by Barbera’s Autoland, Wong, the first Chinese-American to compete in the renowned series looks to improve on last year’s top ten.
“I think last year’s race proved the potential we had and we’re coming into New Jersey as prepared as we can be,” stated Wong. “Even though we took seventh last year, that doesn’t really tell the story of our weekend as we were actually running stronger were it not for a few hiccups earlier in the day. As anyone in racing knows, consistency plays a big role so to return with everyone at Venturini Motorsports is fantastic, I have no doubt we can capitalize on the potential we showed. I really have to thank everyone at World Stage for putting this together, it’s going to be a great weekend.”
With Wong driving the No. 55 Toyota Camry, the entire team is looking forward to proving the potential shown previously. During the 2013 round, despite missing a significant amount of the second practice session with brake issues, the Newport Beach resident managed to qualify the car in third, outpacing the series regulars and placing among an elite group of “road course ringers” more adapted to the configuration of New Jersey.
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (January 3, 2014)- Wasting no time in the new year, World Stage Racing’s Brian Wong returns to the cockpit this weekend, taking part in a three-day test at Daytona International Speedway with one of Porsche’s more renowned operations, Magnus Racing.
Magnus Racing, the 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona GT champions, is entering the all-new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship as one of the leading GTD-category teams. Having finished runner up in last year’s GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series GT championship, and finishing as the top Porsche team at Daytona during the last two years, the team will be placing Wong behind the wheel for this weekend’s pre-race test.
“It’s a great opportunity to join Magnus Racing for the weekend,” stated Wong. “The team has a great reputation for not only their performance on the track, but they’re infamous for the way they present themselves. It will be great to get under their tent and see how they work, hopefully it will lead to bigger and better opportunities down the road.”
MONTEREY, Calif. (September 9, 2013)- Following a difficult weekend, World Stage Racing’s Brian Wong would take a sixth place in his return to GRAND-AM competition.
Wong, who had not competed in a GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series event since the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2011, received a last-minute opportunity to return to his Porsche roots with the No. 18 Muehlner Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Running what has been a very diverse 2013 schedule, including stints with Porsche, Corvette, Maserati, and even the ARCA stock car ranks, Wong was excited to return to the GRAND-AM ranks.
“With the merger of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and American Le Mans Series, it was exciting to return for one of the final GRAND-AM events,” stated Wong. “This was a bit of a last minute opportunity, and we had high hopes, but there were unfortunately a lot of challenges.”
Following a weekend plagued with mechanical gremlins, it was up to Wong, from Newport Beach, California, to start his Porsche from the sixth row. Doing his best to make up ground in front of him, the multi-time Porsche GT3 Challenge winner would make his way through the field, until an early yellow would cause him to pit for fuel, tires, and driver change.