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Michael Lira – Daytona International Speedway Advance

unnamed-2Team: No. 6 MOMO Motorsports / Safecraft / ROUX Helmets / Lira Motorsports Ford Mustang

Crew Chief: Josh Williams

ADVANCE NOTES

Daytona Debut

Growing up just minutes from Daytona International Speedway, it has been Michael Lira’s dream to compete at the high banks. For years, he watched his own father race at the track, so from a young age he knew he wanted to do the same. On Saturday, Lira will make his restrictor plate racing debut at Daytona.

Get to Know Michael

Nineteen-year-old Port Orange Florida driver Michael Lira began racing in ARCA competition in 2013, finishing a career-best 7th at Salem. After 27 starts in four years, he has collected multiple top-ten finishes. He has also tied his career best qualifying effort of 4th at four different tracks on the ARCA circuit. In addition to his ARCA experience, Michael has competed in the FASCAR Pro Truck Series and the Florida United Pro-Truck Series as well as in Pro-Late Mode and Super Late Model competition. Michael’s racing resume also includes experience behind the wheel in SCCA and IMSA sports car competition – including a start in the prestigious Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2015.

Michael on Daytona

“It still doesn’t seem real to me that less than a week from now I’ll be taking the green flag at Daytona International Speedway in a stock car. I feel great about our chances coming out of the test, but win or lose, running this race is a dream come true for me,” Lira said.It would be pretty cool if we could win Daytona with a Floridian driver and crew chief. Josh [Williams] has been great to work with. It’s great to have someone in a leadership role on the team who has current driving experience.”

Follow Michael and Lira Motorsports

Be sure to follow Michael and Lira Motorsports on social media throughout the week; Facebook/MichaelLiraRacingOfficial, /LiraMotorsportsFL; Twitter- @1michaellira, @LiraMotorsports.

Tune-in

The Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway will air live on FOX SPORTS 1 Saturday, February 18th at 4:00pm ET. The ARCA Racing Series takes to the track for practice on Thursday from 4:00-6:00 pm ET. Final practice will take place on Friday from 9:30-10:30 am ET. Qualifying will take place on Friday at 3:30 pm ET (Group Qualifying). The Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 will consist of 80 laps for 200 miles.

About MOMO Motorsport: MOMO’s product line includes consumer accessories such as steering wheels, gear shift knobs and alloy wheels, through to race equipment such as racing suits and helmets. They bring to the market the finest Italian style, a long tradition of quality, and their racing experience of many years, and technological innovation respectful of the environment. They turn cars from simple tools into a way of life. You can visit them at momo.com.

About Safecraft Safety Equipment: Safecraft is a supplier of safety equipment for motorsports, aviation, and marine industries. They specialize in high quality fire suppression systems that are used in a very wide range of racing. Their extinguishers are used more than any other brand in NASCAR, NHRA, and SCCA. You can visit them at safecraft.com.

About ROUX Helmets: ROUX Helmets was founded by veteran drivers Juan Carlos LeRoux and Toto Lassally in 2014. Their helmets are “cutting-edge” in the motorsports industry with key features like the Release Equipped System. Safety is a number one priority to Roux. They provide helmets, gear bags, and various other essentials for racecar drivers. You can visit them at rouxhelmets.com.

About Lira Motorsports: Lira Motorsports is a multi-car, multi series race team owned by Carlos and Amanda Lira. Lira Motorsports’ racing programs are operated from a 30,000-square foot compound in Port-Orange, Florida, just minutes from Daytona International Speedway. https://liramotorsports.com/

 

Clint King – Daytona International Speedway Advance

unnamedTeam: No. 58 Warehouse Design / MOMO Motorsports / Safecraft / Lira Motorsports Ford Mustang

Crew Chief: Keith Wolfe

ADVANCE NOTES

Double Duty at Daytona

King will be pulling double-duty efforts at Daytona during Speedweeks. Not only will he be piloting the No. 58 Ford Mustang during the ARCA Racing Series race on Saturday, but also he will be competing in the Xfinity Series race at Daytona on February 25 for BJ McLeod Motorsports in the No. 15 entry.

Get to Know Clint

Clint King has been behind the wheel of a racecar since the young age of eight. Now 21, King has multiple championships and race wins on his racing resume. Starting out in Bandoleros, he has moved through the ranks from Pro Challenge all the way to the NASCAR Xfinity Series. He has had a lot of history in the ARCA Racing Series from 2011-2013 by racking up four top-5’s and eight top-10’s on his limited race schedule. Just last season, King began his journey through the NASCAR Xfinity Series with BJ McLeod Motorsports when he made his first career start at Richmond International Raceway. He later raced for McLeod at Charlotte and Texas.

Clint on Daytona

“Getting to run Daytona is an awesome experience. Growing up a short track racer it has always been a dream to one day make it to this stage. It’s pretty crazy to think that day is almost here. Thankfully we got a day of testing in January. We had a good bit to work on and improve but I’m confident we will have a good race car based on all the things we learned at the test. You never know when you will get this opportunity again, so I am definitely looking forward to making the most of it.”

Follow King and Lira Motorsports

Be sure to follow Clint and Lira Motorsports on social media throughout the week; Facebook/ DriverClintKing, /LiraMotorsportsFL; Twitter- @driverClintKing, @LiraMotorsports.

Tune-in

The Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway will air live on FOX SPORTS 1 Saturday, February 18th at 4:00pm ET. The ARCA Racing Series takes to the track for practice on Thursday from 4:00-6:00 pm ET. Final practice will take place on Friday from 9:30-10:30 am ET. Qualifying will take place on Friday at 3:30 pm ET (Group Qualifying). The Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 will consist of 80 laps for 200 miles.

About Warehouse Design: Warehouse Design Inc. is located in Thomasville, N.C. and was established in 1997. The company specializes in warehouse and distribution center space optimization and increased throughput.  Their team of design specialist have the ability to design the system, supply the equipment and provide the turnkey installation of all equipment proposed – “Concept Through Acceptance”. Visit them on the web at warehousedesign.net

About MOMO Motorsport: MOMO’s product line includes consumer accessories such as steering wheels, gear shift knobs and alloy wheels, through to race equipment such as racing suits and helmets. They bring to the market the finest Italian style, a long tradition of quality, and their racing experience of many years, and technological innovation respectful of the environment. They turn cars from simple tools into a way of life.

About Safecraft Safety Equipment: Safecraft is a supplier of safety equipment for motorsports, aviation, and marine industries. They specialize in high quality fire suppression systems that are used in a very wide range of racing. Their extinguishers are used more than any other brand in NASCAR, NHRA, and SCCA.

About Lira Motorsports: Lira Motorsports is a multi-car, multi series race team owned by Carlos and Amanda Lira. Lira Motorsports’ racing programs are operated from a 30,000-square foot compound in Port-Orange, Florida, just minutes from Daytona International Speedway.

 

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Lira to Make Daytona Debut in Season Opener

 

PORT ORANGE, FL (January 10, 2017) – Lira Motorsports announces today that driver Michael Lira will test at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for his track debut in the ARCA Racing Series event in February.

Lira, who has been a part of ARCA Racing competition since 2013, has been looking forward to making his Daytona debut since he was as young as he could remember. He has had experience on the road course at Daytona in IMSA and SCCA, but has never taken to the 2.5-mile, high-banked tri-oval.

The Lira name also has a lot of racing history at the track since Michael’s father and Lira Motorsports team owner, Carlos Lira, spent many of his racing days on the speedway as well.

“I’ve tested here a few times, but every time I get into the track, I get butterflies. Not only is there so much history of racing there, but I was inspired to race by watching my dad race here when I was a kid,” said Lira.

It is a story of inspiration that will come to life on February, 18. However, testing is his first priority.

“I’ve never been a part of a restrictor plate race, so this test session is going to be vital to learning and understanding how the cars react to the air,” said Lira. “Aerodynamics are a huge part of this style of racing, and it takes learning to get used to. I’m excited to get on track on Friday.”

The Daytona Open-Test will take place from 9am until 5pm EST on both Friday and Saturday, January 13-14. Timing and scoring will be available on the ARCA Racing Series website: arcaracing.com.

Michael Lira would like to thank his sponsors, partnerships, and family for making this opportunity happen by allowing his dream to come true.

About Lira Motorsports: Lira Motorsports is a multi-car, multi series race team owned by Carlos and Amanda Lira. Lira Motorsports’ racing programs are operated from a 30,000 square foot compound in Port Orange, Florida, just minutes from Daytona International Speedway.

Stay Social with Lira Motorsports: Facebook.com/LiraMotorsportsFL; Twitter- @LiraMotorsports; Instagram – @LiraMotorsports

MICHAEL LIRA READY TO START 2017 SEASON

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PORT ORANGE, FL. (January 5, 2017) – Michael Lira, 19-year-old ARCA Racing Series driver based out of Port Orange, Florida, announces today that he will be behind the wheel of the Lira Motorsports entry during the Zack Donatti Memorial Pro-Late Model event at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna, Florida this coming weekend.

“The guys have put a lot of effort into this car over the off-season. I’m looking forward to having a strong 2017 debut to start the season off on the right foot. I also look forward to a great finish for the work that the team has put into this car,” said Lira.

Lira will be piloting the No. 57 Safecraft/MOMO Motorsport Ford for 125 laps of competitive Pro-Late Model racing this Saturday evening. He will also be welcoming back Traqgear and Roux Helmets aboard for the ride.

“I’m very, very excited to continue our partnerships with MOMO, Safecraft, and Traqgear. They have been incredibly supportive of our efforts for a few seasons now,” Lira said. “It’s so great having partners that make such great products that you can truly believe in. I’m also excited to be running my first race with the new Roux R-1 helmet. I’ve been looking forward to trying this new water-cooled carbon helmet since they announced they were coming out with it.”

Lira’s last race of the 2016 season was in the ARCA Racing Series in September at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds with the help of ARCA championship contender Josh Williams as his crew chief. Williams will be partnered alongside Lira again this weekend for the 125-lap race at New Smyrna Speedway.

“I’m glad to be working with Josh again on the radio. We have worked together really well in the past. He brings to the table not only his expertise of working on the cars, knowing how they work, and how to make them drive better but he also drives himself. He understands the experience, and he can get an idea of what I’m talking about when I say what I’m feeling from inside the car,” Lira said.

The extensive amount of knowledge and racing experiences between Lira and Williams will make this duo a team to beat this weekend.

Since Lira is a native of Port Orange, Florida, he is no stranger to New Smyrna Speedway or its Victory Lane. He has a Pro-Truck championship and multiple Pro-Late Model wins under his belt. He is looking forward to using those experiences to his benefit in what he calls a “landmark event.”

“A lot of those who are running the Redeye 100 will also be running the pro-late event, so there will be a lot of short track talent and people from the Super ranks to compete against. I remain confident that we will be tough to beat because the team worked endlessly on the car, and I’m looking forward to showing their hard work.”

The Zack Donatti Memorial 125 is a Pro-Late Model race that is run in memorial of late racecar driver Zack Donatti. Donatti was a quarter-midget national champion and New Smyrna Speedway Late-model track champion. His father, Tom Donatti, created the ZDR Racing Foundation and this race in honor of his son.

“This race is definitely special for me,” Lira said. “When Zack first moved up to late models we got his truck from him and he coached me out at Orlando Speedworld. He really taught me some the basics of racing in a full sized car. His dad, Tom, has put a lot into this race to make it a marquee event in the pro late model calendar and I’m so proud that’s happening.”

Lira is very excited about having the opportunity to run this race again this year. He would like to thank Safecraft, MOMO, Traqgear, and Roux Helmets for coming on board this weekend to make this opportunity possible.

Lira to Make ARCA Dirt Debut at DuQuoin

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.

IMG_1692Lira is looking forward to being back behind the wheel of an ARCA car, especially with having the talent of Josh Williams in his ear as his crew chief for the event.

“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.

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Weatherman Finishes 12th in Corrigan Oil 200

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.

DSC_4485After 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.

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Weatherman Finishes 18th in General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 at Pocono

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.

DSC_4128After 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…)

Ryan Reed finishes 12th in ARCA Racing Series Event at Pocono

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.

DSC_4091“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…)

Weatherman Clinches Top-10 at New Jersey Motorsports Park

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.

DSC_3287A championship contender in the 2016 season, Weatherman knew he needed to solidify a decent run at the only road course on the ARCA Racing Series schedule.

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.”

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Ryan Reed to Drive Lira Motorsports ARCA Entry at Pocono

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.

1 copyReed, 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.

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