Toni Breidinger Embraces Diverse Stock Car And Sports Car Opportunitiesby racerx55 August 22, 2023 0 comments
Story/Photo by Alex Nowak
ELKHART LAKE, WI – Toni Breidinger is making the most of her opportunities this year while driving in GR Cup North America and competing part-time in the ARCA Menards Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
Breidinger made her NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut this past May at Kansas Speedway, and she brought the TRICON Garage truck home with an impressive 15th place finish. The performance marked the highest finish by a female diver in their NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut.
Following Kansas, Breidinger also had clean races at World Wide Technology Raceway and Nashville Superspeedway while racing for TRICON Garage as well. Her biggest goal heading into the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series was to keep the truck clean and clock laps so that she could obtain the precious track time.
“I was really happy with how my debut went and the other races I got to do with TRICON in the Truck Series, I would love to do more,” Breidinger said. “The races went really well, and I did all the laps and kept a clean truck for the most part, so that was the biggest goal going into it. I didn’t really have a position goal in mind, I just wanted to finish and have a clean race.”
Typically, moving from a full-time schedule to a part-time schedule isn’t the best time in a driver’s career, but it was a blessing in disguise for Breidinger because now she has the opportunity to pilot an array of race cars.
“We were fortunate enough to get sponsorship last year,” said Breidinger about her ARCA Menards Series efforts. “My goal for this year, since the ARCA season is like 20 races long, I could break up the finances a little bit different. I could do more races and develop my race craft and just get more seat time overall.”
This past weekend, Road America hosted the Fanatec GT World Challenge which features multiple classes of racing. Breidinger piloted the No. 70 Toyota GR86 for Nitro Motorsports around the 4.048-mile track. She competes full-time for Nitro Motorsports this year, which consists of 14 races that span across the United States, including Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, and Sonoma Raceway in California.
Breidinger’s main goal while competing at Road America was to continue learning the car and the track since, especially since it’s a stop on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule.
Up next for Breidinger are stops at Kansas Speedway on September 8 for the ARCA Menards Series and Sebring International Raceway on September 22 for the next GR Cup North America race.