Concord, North Carolina (January 08, 2018) – Veteran driver Michael Self, with returning sponsorship from Sinclair Oil Corporation, has officially announced a partnership with long-time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards fixture, Venturini Motorsports (VMS), for the upcoming 2018 racing season.
Self, 27, who made his ARCA Series debut with VMS in 2014, returns to the Toyota-backed team for 10 races in 2018, beginning with the highly anticipated season-opener at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 10.
“I couldn’t be more excited to return to the ARCA Racing Series in 2018 with Sinclair Oil and Venturini Motorsports,” said Self. “I think we’ve aligned several prominent forces both on and off the track for this program, and that gives me a lot of confidence as we prepare for Daytona. I’m proud of the results Sinclair and I had in the six ARCA races that we did together last year, especially getting to Victory Lane at Kansas Speedway, and I’m excited to build on that this year. Sinclair Oil has given me some amazing opportunities to race competitively, and by pairing them with the Toyota-backed Venturini Motorsports team, I believe those opportunities will only be greater, as will our presence with the fans.”
Selected to pilot the team’s Toyota Camry for a partial series schedule, the Park City, Utah native will also compete at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (April 7), Talladega Superspeedway (April 27), Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 24), Michigan International Speedway (June 8), Chicagoland Speedway (June 28), Iowa Speedway (July 7), Lucas Oil Raceway (Sept. 7), Salem Speedway (Sept. 15) and Kansas Speedway (Oct. 19).
“Michael (Self) is a professional in every sense of the word,” said team owner Billy Venturini. “He’s a great addition to our organization and I have high expectations for him this coming season.”
With nine career ARCA starts to his credit, Self broke through in 2017 earning his first series victory during the season finale at Kansas Speedway. During his ARCA career, Self has notched one win, five top-fives and five top-10 finishes. In 2017, Self also competed in 13 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West events where he earned two victories, seven top-five and 13 top-10 finishes.
“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Michael Self again in 2018,” said Jack Barger, VP of Marketing with Sinclair Oil. “Michael’s consistently strong performance in 2017 and the renewed partnership with Toyota and Venturini Motorsports creates an exciting platform for this ARCA season.”
The newly formed partnership between Self, Sinclair Oil and Venturini Motorsports also offers nostalgic value for both team and sponsor. The Venturini family’s long history of operating gas stations in the Midwest and Southeast started when the late Tony Venturini purchased the rights to his first gas station – a Sinclair Oil Service Station – which he owned and operated in Chicago between 1946-1970.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Bill Venturini Sr. continued the family tradition of racing and working in the gasoline business – owning and operating his own service stations until 2004.
“In over 40 years of racing I can’t recall another sponsor coming through our doors in which I’ve felt this strong of emotional connection with,” said team and family patriarch Bill Venturini Sr.
“Having Sinclair Oil with Michael Self join our program means the world to me. It brings back so many great memories of my childhood. My first time in the seat of any car was racing around the gas pumps at my dad’s Sinclair Oil Service Station in my go-kart which he owned when he started his racing career in the 1950’s. The Sinclair brand has always been special to me and our family.”
“This is how I started in business – my livelihood has been the gasoline business and racing – nothing else,” added Venturini.
SINCLAIR OIL CORPORATION
Sinclair is a privately held Wyoming company with executive offices in Salt Lake City and more than 1,200 employees across several states. Sinclair owns and operates two refineries in Wyoming along with a network of both crude oil and finished-product pipelines and terminals in the Rocky Mountain and midcontinent regions. The company markets fuel in 24 states, supplying high-quality fuels to more than 1,300 branded stations, featuring DINOCARE™ TOP TIER™ Gasoline. Sinclair Oil and Gas Company manages its exploration and production portfolios by only participating in major oil and gas development projects in the United States. Sinclair also owns and operates The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, the Little America hotel chain, The Westgate Hotel in San Diego, Sun Valley Resort in Idaho, and Snowbasin Resort in Utah. For more information, visit SinclairOil.com and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
ABOUT VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS:
Over the last 35-years Venturini Motorsports (VMS) has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in professional motorsports. Known for long-time dominance in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, Venturini Motorsports is held in high regard as one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the county. Since 2007, VMS has specialized in the career development of some of today’s top racing talent including current NASCAR “Stars” – Joey Logano, Erik Jones, William Byron, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Darryl ‘Bubba’ Wallace Jr., Daniel Suarez, Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, Ben Rhoads, Ryan Reed, Brandon Jones, Matt Tifft, Brennan Poole, Dalton Sargeant, Justin Haley and Todd Gilliland. Integrity, dedication and continuous innovation paired with years of on-track success has helped define Venturini Motorsports as one of the longest tenured teams in all of modern day racing. In 2012, the Venturini racing family was recognized for their collective achievements and inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (www.NIASHF.org) – now finding themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Chip Ganassi, Andy Granatelli, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.
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