It is announced today that Michael Lira will be making his ARCA Racing Series dirt-track debut in the No. 6 Musselman’s Apple Sauce Ford Fusion in the General Tire Grabber 100 at the mile-dirt DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in DuQuoin, Illinois this Sunday.
“It will be interesting having Josh as the crew chief,” Lira said. “It’s nice to have people working with you that have also raced, that way they understand more of what you’re going through. He has so much knowledge and up-to-date experience in these cars, so I am excited to have him as my crew chief. I’m really honored that Josh and his team wanted me to drive the No. 6 this weekend at DuQuoin.”
Lira has never started a race at either one of the dirt-mile tracks that the ARCA Racing Series has on its schedule. In 2014, he tested an ARCA car for the Kimmel Racing on a dirt track, but that is the extent of his dirt-racing career. Having very little experience on dirt, Lira is up for the challenge that DuQuoin has to offer.
BROOKLYN, Mi. (June 11, 2016) – Kyle Weatherman, driver of the Lira Motorsports No. 58 St. Charles Glass Ford Fusion, finished 12th in the Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway on Friday evening in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.
After qualifying was cancelled on Friday afternoon due to a shortage of time in the schedule, Weatherman lined up 14th on the starting grid to begin the 100-lap event. Within the first two laps, he had moved up well into the top-10 where he competed until he reported that there was an engine issue.
Luckily, a timely caution helped Weatherman from losing laps and allowed the team to get the car back in perfect shape.
“We had a crazy weekend from start to finish. We had a spectacular race car, but early on in the race, we had two plug wires go out on the left side of the engine. However, a caution came out just in time that allowed us to come down pit road to completely fix the issue. Not only did the issue get fixed, but we also got our lap back at the same time,” Weatherman said.
LONG POND, Pa. (June 4, 2016) – Kyle Weatherman, driver of the Lira Motorsports No. 58 St. Charles Glass Ford Fusion, finished 18th in the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 at Pocono Raceway on Friday evening in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.
After rain cancelled qualifying Friday afternoon, Weatherman lined up 13th on the starting grid to begin the 80-lap event. The race began under the yellow flag due to rain, but the green flag waved on lap 2 when Weatherman began his charge to the front of a very tough, talented field.
Weatherman was battling for a position in the top-10 on lap 25 when the caution came out for a car spinning in turn one. Being a fuel-mileage race, his crew chief, Sam Schram, asked Kyle to pit for four tires, top off with fuel, and a rear adjustment to handle the tight conditions in the racecar.
“During the race we had a few problems on our first pit stop that resulted in a loose wheel, so we had to pit to fix it. However, we held our heads high and fought back the best we could. We had one of the fastest cars on the track once the problem was fixed, and we fought back to compete within the top-15 and higher throughout the race,” said Weatherman.
With two laps to go, the left rear tire went down that resulted in an 18th place finish for Weatherman. (more…)
LONG POND, Pa. (June 4, 2016) – Ryan Reed finished 12th on Friday evening in the No. 38 Lilly Diabetes Lira Motorsports Ford Fusion in the ARCA Racing Series season event at Pocono Raceway.
“We just couldn’t find the speed we needed to compete for a win today, but I’m proud of the improvements we made since testing on Tuesday. As always, I’m grateful for the opportunity to get more time on track and can’t thank Jack Roush and Carlos Lira enough for allowing me to pilot this No. 38 Lilly Diabetes Ford.”
Reed started the 80-lap event from the 19th position on Friday after qualifying was canceled due to weather earlier in the day. The race officially began under caution as mist was in the area, with the race getting to full speed on Lap 2.
Reed had raced his way up to the 13th position by the first caution on Lap 4. Crew chief Teddy Brown and spotter Mike Herman Jr. instructed their driver to save fuel. As other cars pitted for fuel, Reed was able to restart 11th on Lap 8. (more…)
Kyle Weatherman, driver of the Lira Motorsports No. 58 St. Charles Glass Ford Fusion, left New Jersey Motorsports Park proud of his effort in the Twilight 150 presented by Unique Pretzels following a top-10 in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards on Saturday evening.
After winning this event in 2015, Weatherman had high expectations for the weekend. After sitting in the top-5 on the speed charts in both practices, he was ready to take on the 150-mile event; however, he was involved in an early race incident that caused him to go a lap down.
While battling for position, a competitor bumped Weatherman off the track which lead him to pit road.
“I had a lot of fun this weekend with my Lira Motorsports team,” Weatherman said. “I wish we could have repeated my win from last year, but I’m proud of the efforts and dedication that the 58 team has. We got spun out early in the race and ended up going a lap down at one point, but we just stayed calm and got the lap back. The team made the car better on our last pit stop, and we made our way back up to the top five.”
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 24, 2016) – NASCAR XFINITY Series regular Ryan Reed will pilot the No. 38 Lira Motorsports Ford Fusion in the upcoming ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event at Pocono Raceway on June 3rd.
Reed, who captured two wins for the team in the ARCA Racing Series in 2015, has made two previous starts in the series at Pocono Raceway. With the NASCAR XFINITY Series visiting Pocono Raceway for the first time, Reed hopes the extra time on track will translate to success in Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race.
“I’m excited to team with Lira Motorsports again this season in the ARCA Racing Series after our success last season,” said Reed. “I think the extra seat time will definitely help me prepare for Saturday’s race, but I’m thrilled for the opportunity to compete for a third win for Carlos Lira and the entire Lira Motorsports organization.”
In June 2015, Reed brought home the first win for the Lira Motorsports organization at Chicagoland Speedway in dominating fashion, leading 70 out of 100 laps. The event marked Reed’s first career ARCA Racing Series victory as well, after recording six top-10 finishes in 14 starts during the 2012 season. Reed went on to win later in the season at Kentucky Speedway, recording the organization’s second win. He made a third start at Kansas Speedway where he finished fourth.
Following a 10-month ARCA hiatus, Michael Lira strapped in behind the wheel of the No. 36 MOMO Motorsport/NexGen Fuel/ Ford Performance Ford Fusion for his 2016 season debut in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards during the Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway.
Lira had one of the fastest machines of the weekend. He ran in the top-5 during final practice, and he also qualified in the sixth position. His confidence heading into the race was high. He felt he had a top-3 car for Sunday’s race; however, fate didn’t fall that way.
“We had a little mishap on pit road, but I felt like the guys made really good adjustments on the car all day,” Lira said. “They took it from a 10th place car to a fifth or third place car just with the great adjustments that they made. That part has me feeling very positive about it. I’m happy with our finish and the gains we made.”
Despite the pit road troubles, Lira was able clinch a 12th place finish in Toledo.
Coming into the race, Lira was anxious about how the weekend would go considering he hasn’t been in an ARCA since Iowa last July, where he unfortunately couldn’t finish the race due to an on-track incident.
Lira Motorsports driver, Sheldon Creed, driver of the No. 38 Safecraft Ford Fusion, secured a hard fought top-15 on Sunday, finishing in the 13th position in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards’ Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway.
Creed was involved in an on-track incident while maneuvering lapped traffic on lap 16 that caused him to spin out in turn two, but he was thrilled to see how the team bounced back to get him a top-15 finish.
“We had a great car, but caught up in an incident that put us behind. The team really came together and did what they needed to do to get us caught up. We fought hard to get back up to the front,” Creed said.
After posting top-5 times in practice and qualifying in the ninth position, Creed was expected to have one of the fastest cars of the weekend. He believes that if the on-track incident didn’t occur, he would have had one of the top contending cars of the race.
Kyle Weatherman, driver of the No. 58 St. Charles Glass/MOMO Motorsport/Safecraft Ford Fusion, is happy with the team’s performance in the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway for the ARCA Racing Series following his third place finish.
Weatherman overcame adversity in Sunday’s race after a left front tire went flat in the first 16 laps of the race. He came to pit road during the lap-16 caution and changed tires, but had to restart at the tail end of the field.
“It was unfortunate that our LF tire went down” Weatherman said. “At least we caught it before we went back green. Starting at the tail of the lead lap, cars made it hard to move to the front, but everyone stayed calm and did what we had to do. We made gains all the way through the race and were able to rally for a third place finish.”
All in all, Weatherman says that it was a good weekend. He’s happy with his second place qualifying position and where he finished the race despite the early troubles.
Lira Motorsports announces that Michael Lira will be behind the wheel of the No. 36 Ford Fusion in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards at Toledo Speedway for the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care.
Lira, 18-year-old Port Orange, FL native, is excited and thankful to get behind the wheel once again. His last ARCA Racing Series start was at Iowa last July where he was unable to complete the race due to an on-track incident. Following a tough 2015 season, Lira wants to be able to move on and start this season fresh.
“Last year, we were consistently really fast, but had a lot of bad luck. That was the story of my entire season. I hope that I have shook that bad luck monkey off my back.”
While hoping that the bad luck has dissipated, Lira is more than happy to be able to take to the track this weekend in Toledo. Last season, Lira was credited with a 17th place finish at Toledo, and he hopes to be able to improve on that finish this weekend.
“I am so excited to be here. This is my first start since last season, Lira said. “I’ve had some runs in the late model this year that have been going well, but I’ve also been doing a lot of work from the other side of the driver window. I’ve been working with drivers, coaching them, spotting here and there, and I’ve been helping out with the business. It’s not fun to be out of the car for so long, but I think it’s helped me be a better driver. I hope that the benefits of that show this weekend.”
He will be taking over the No, 36 in place of Brandon Lynn. Lynn will not be running the full season like previously stated, but still plans on competing with the team part-time throughout the season.
“Thank you to Lira Motorsports, NexGen Fuels, Safecraft, MOMO Motorsport, TraqGear, RevMark, and Ford Performance for letting me have this opportunity. I also can’t thank my mom and dad enough.”
About Lira Motorsports: Lira Motorsports is a multi-car, multi series race team owned by Carlos and Amanda Lira. The team competes in the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Whelen All- American Late Model, and IMSA Sportscar events nationwide. Lira Motorsports’ ARCA and NASCAR Truck programs are operated from an 18,000 square foot shop in Mooresville, North Carolina and the late model team operates from a 12,000 square foot facility in Port Orange, Florida, just minutes from Daytona International Speedway.