- About me:
Racing has been a family sport for the Venturinis since 1951. Billys grandfather, Tony, raced in the Chicagoland area through the 50s. Then came 2nd generation driver Bill Sr. He also began his career in the Chicago area. After winning 2 International Racing Association titles, which only competed in a 3 state venue, Bill moved to the highly competitive series of ARCA.
Setting the stage of a great career-
Bill Sr. set the stage on what was to become a great career in ARCA by becoming Rookie Of The Year in 1983. By the time that his racing career ended in 1995, Bill had become ARCA National Champion twice. The first one came in 1987 and then again in 1991. Along the way, Bill Sr. set and still holds the qualifying records at Daytona and Talladega Speedways. The latter is still an all-time ARCA record of 205.634 mph!
In 14 years of competing in the ARCA series, qualifying records and championships were not his only accomplishments. Bill led 3 of every 10 races he competed in, was the leader in top 5 finishes when he retired, and had set an astounding record in 1991 of completing over 98% of all possible race laps.
One of Bills most prized accomplishments was putting together the first All-Female pit crew in racing. These women performed all race duty pit stops, which included changing tires, jacking up the car, and refueling. The amazing fact about this is that they did these jobs as well as any male crew at that time. This was very evident in that Bill Sr. won his first ARCA Championship using this crew exclusively.
After Bill Sr. retired in 1995, his son Billy began his racing career, following in his fathers footsteps. Some of Billys stats include finishing a career-best 3rd in ARCA RE/MAX Series points in 06. He also finished 4th in points in 04, 5th in points 03 and 6th in 02. In 162 career starts since 1994, Billy had 28 top-5 finishes & 75 top-10s including 1 win at Salem in 2006. Other career-best finishes include a 2nd at Lake Erie 05, 2nd at Kentucky 04 and 2nd at Lake Erie & Talladega 03.
25 years and counting-
As a team, Venturini Motorsports has competed in the ARCA RE/MAX series for over 25 years. In those seasons, they have finished in the top 5 in the points 12 times with the others 2 seasons finishing 6th.