Michael Lira / Lira Motorsports ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards News & Notes: ARCA 150 presented by Unique Pretzels
Michael Lira has raced in four ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards events so far this year. He has also raced in three IMSA sports car events, highlighted by his debut in the prestigious Rolex 24 at Daytona in January. Turning both left and right in a race car is a skill that the 17-year old Florida driver has been fine-tuning for the past few years.
None of the previous New Jersey race winners are on the entry list for this weekend’s seventh ARCA Series race at the facilities 2.3 mile Thunderbolt Raceway, so this year’s winner will be a first-time visitor to victory lane in southern New Jersey in the ARCA Series. Michael Lira is poised to put his road course experience to work, and take a Garden State checkered flag back home to the Sunshine State.
Racing in only four of the first six races on the ARCA Racing schedule due to age restrictions at Daytona and Talladega, Michael finds himself 15th in the overall driver points standings entering this weekend’s race. His number 58 AttorneyAtLaw.com / TraqGear Ford Fusion is 8th in the owner points standings.
Michael Lira on New Jersey Motorsports Park: “Finally, it’s time to head to the only road course on the ARCA Racing schedule! I’m excited to see what the combination of my road course experience and the great cars that our shop is building will do in terms of results in New Jersey. I have very high expectations for myself and the team. NJMP puts together a great weekend of racing, and the crowd was awesome last year – I’m looking forward to having fun, and getting the job done when the checkers fall on Sunday.”
On track details… First practice for the ARCA Series drivers on the 2.3-mile Thunderbolt Raceway road course at New Jersey Motorsports Park is scheduled for Saturday, May 23rd from 10:55-11:55am, followed by a 90-minute final practice beginning 12:55pm. Menards Pole Qualifying Presented by Ansell starts Saturday at 4:15pm. There is a 45 minute ARCA Driver autograph session on Sunday, May 24th at 12:30pm, followed by the green flag at 1:30. The race is150 miles (67 laps).
Connect with Michael online… follow Michael Lira on Twitter at @1MichaelLira and explore his official website at http://www.MichaelLiraRacing.com. You can also find him on Facebook at /MichaelLiraRacingOfficial. Learn more about Lira Motorsports at http://www.LiraMotorsports.com.