(MOORESVILLE, N.C. - September 13, 2012) - With three races left in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season, Carter 2 Motorsports is not slowing down.
The team is bringing three cars to Salem Speedway, the first time since Talladega Superspeedway. Racing for the team this weekend are two new drivers and one returning veteran, all of which are prepared to tackle the fast short track.
Young up and coming driver Evan Pardo will make his ARCA debut in the No. 40 Life Partners Incorporated Dodge. The Texas native currently races in the ASCS Sprint Car Racing Series. Despite his lack of stock car experience the 20-year-old is a quick learner, earning the 2005 Open Modified Kart Championship in just his second year of racing, as well as the Midget Championship in 2008.
“My experience has been mainly in a open wheel dirt car, but I’m very excited to take this opportunity and learn great things,” said Pardo. “My biggest learning curve will probably be the dirt to asphalt transition, but I have confidence in C2M that we can finish the race in a solid spot. I greatly appreciate the opportunity C2M has given me to run their equipment and my sponsor Life Partners Incorporated for helping make this happen.”
Tim Viens has just as big of a hurdle to cross this weekend as he also makes his ARCA debut in the No. 67 Acoustics of Chicago, IL & Phoenix, AZ Dodge. As the President/ CEO of www.RaceDaySponsor.com, Viens took the leap to racing last year running a limited schedule in the ARCA Truck Series. This will be his first time back behind the wheel this season, but has some great connections to lean on for advice.
“I was able to speak with several veterans in the NASCAR series about the different lines and the best way to get around the track,” said Viens. “While I’ve been to Salem as a spectator my hope this weekend is for a clean run, bring the car home in one piece, finish on or close to the lead lap, and most importantly gain some valuable seat time.”
Luckily for both Pardo and Viens, they have experience on their team in driver Maryeve Dufault, who will be behind the No. 04 Dodge. While still relatively new to the series, the Canadian native raced the full ARCA series last year including at Salem Speedway where she finished 13th respectively. Dufault will make her second appearance for C2M this season previously driving for the team at Pocono Raceway. Dufault will definitely be a force to be reckoning with as she seeks redemption in her second start of the season, and as owner Roger Carter likes to say, “she is one of the best female drivers.”
“If I can stay out of trouble and avoid the drama in front of me a top 10 is definitely possible with C2M,” said Dufault. “Salem is one of the more challenging racetracks I raced on last year because it’s a good mixture of a driver and car racetrack. Everything happens so fast and you’re so close to the wall due to the different bumpy lines, but I’ve come to love the short track style of racing.”
The 200-lap, 111-mile race is a one-day show, with the green flag for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic by Federated Car Care set to wave at 7 p.m. ET. ARCARacing.com will feature live timing and scoring coverage throughout the day. For live team updates be sure to follow @c2m40 on Twitter and Roger Carter Racing on Facebook. More information can be found at rogercarter2racing.com.
Special thanks to team sponsorsR.J. Nash Construction, Kentucky Building, Racedaysponsors.com, Gunk and Liquid Wrench, Savetheusconstitution.org, irstaxsurvivor.com for the continued support.