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 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.
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