Rico Abreu and ThorSport Racing Team Up for Full Truck Seasonby Kyle Pokrefky January 15, 2016 0 comments
Rico Abreu will compete full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season, partnering with ThorSport Racing to drive the team’s No. 98 Toyota.
Speaking at the Chili Bowl in Tulsa, Okla., Abreu, the defending Chili Bowl winner, declared that after one full season racing stock cars, he is ready to step it up to the next level.
Honing his racing skills on the dirt, Abreu, 23, moved to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East last season with HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks for his first full season on asphalt.
The St. Helena, Calif. native looked as if he was right at home on pavement as he finished fifth in the points standings in his rookie campaign with one win (Columbus), four top-fives, eight top-10s and three pole positions in 14 starts.
“This is one of the best opportunities I have been given,” Abreu said on Friday morning. “I appreciate the support and the hard work that everyone at ThorSport Racing and Curb Records has put into all of this for me to live my dream. I’m thankful to be a part of Duke’s (Thorson) team and am excited to race with all my ThorSport Racing teammates and crewmembers.
“My team, sponsors and fans will know that I’m giving 100% effort every time I’m at the track and on the track. My goal is to get the most out of every lap and every opportunity this season. I’m looking forward to meeting new fans and representing ThorSport and Toyota well.”
Abreu has already gotten his feet wet in the Camping World Truck Series – having made two starts with NTS Motorsports in the last two races of the 2015 season. In his two starts, Abreu scored a best finish of 13th in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Even with little experience in the trucks, Abreu has a good grasp on what to expect out of this upcoming season’s schedule.
“Running the last two Camping World Truck Series races of 2015 was a huge help as well,” Abreu stated. “I know what to expect now compared to last year when I had no experience on tracks bigger than one mile.”
With the announcement that he will graduate to the Truck Series this season, Abreu becomes the third confirmed ThorSport driver for 2016.
The new driver of the No. 98 Toyota Tundra will join two-time series champion Matt Crafton and fellow K&N Pro Series East champion Ben Rhodes as a teammate.
“We look forward to Rico joining our race team in 2016,” Duke Thorson, owner of ThorSport Racing, stated. “Rico has proven himself at every level in racing to date, and is a winner and true racer in every sense of the word. He brings a style and attitude that reflects who we are, and what we are all about.
“We are prepared to give him every single opportunity to win, and look forward to seeing what he can do in his first full-time season in the Truck Series.”
Sponsorship for Abreu will be provided by Curb Records with additional sponsors set to be announced at a later date.
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