5-time USAC Silver Crown champion and three-time Little 500 winner Kody Swanson will drive an excellent late mannequin and a professional late mannequin fielded by Staff Platinum within the fifty fifth annual World Sequence of Asphalt Inventory Automobile Racing Feb. 4-13 at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Seaside, Fla.
The occasion is likely one of the premier short-track occasions held throughout Speedweeks. New Smyrna Speedway is a half-mile, 23-degree banked observe situated lower than 15 miles south of Daytona Worldwide Speedway. Most of the present and former prime names of NASCAR have competed within the World Sequence of Asphalt Inventory Automobile Racing, and it frequently attracts prime expertise from round the USA and Canada. A few of its drivers, like Ryan Newman and Geoff Bodine, have gone on to win the Daytona 500.
The first sponsor of Swanson’s vehicles can be Fatheadz Eyewear, the chief in outsized eyewear for women and men, each in prescription glasses and sun shades.
Staff Platinum, headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, is owned by Myna Burba and led by veteran crew chief Marc Metz. Among the many group’s many accomplishments are profitable the championship within the JEGS/All-Star CRA sequence in 2015; the Winchester 400 at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in 2016, and the Snowball Derby at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla. in 2019. It primarily competes within the ARCA/CRA Tremendous Sequence and the JEGS All-Star Sequence, in addition to different high-profile late mannequin occasions.
Swanson’s participation is a direct results of his want to develop into types of racing which are new to him.
He has confirmed to be a fast learner. In 2020 Swanson, the winningest driver within the historical past of USAC’s prime sequence, USAC Silver Crown, received in his first begin ever within the Indy Professional 2000 formula-car sequence. The latter is a part of IndyCar’s Highway to Indy program. He additionally made his ARCA Menards inventory automotive sequence debut, and completed eighth at Iowa Speedway. He additionally debuted in late mannequin inventory vehicles at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway and completed second in solely his second occasion. He has additionally received and completed on the rostrum in classic sports activities automotive occasions at Daytona.
“This yr my focus is to proceed working additional into extra types of racing,” mentioned Swanson, a local of Kingsburg, Calif., who at the moment resides within the Indianapolis space. “I am wanting ahead to competing with Doran Racing within the asphalt USAC Silver Crown occasions and enormous asphalt dash automotive occasions, and Kevin [Doran] is definitely who actually helped get this dialog began. His relationship with Marc [Metz, Team Platinum’s crew chief] helped introduce the concept. After assembly with him and Myna [Burba, team owner], we have been capable of transfer ahead and get this all arrange.
“I am very excited to work with everybody on Staff Platinum,” Swanson continued. “They’ve confirmed to be an awesome group, with quick vehicles and lots of proficient folks all pulling in the identical course. I am excited to run at New Smyrna on the World Sequence too. With so many races it’s a nice alternative to realize lots of expertise in a brief time frame, and all earlier than the remainder of the season begins within the Midwest. I haven’t run at New Smyrna earlier than, nor pushed both of those vehicles. From a suspension standpoint they’re very totally different than even the late mannequin I ran final yr at Hickory, and I’m wanting ahead to the problem.
“Fatheadz Eyewear, owned by Rico Elmore, has been so supportive of me shifting into new alternatives, and I am grateful that they’re prepared to proceed constructing that relationship and course,” Swanson continued. “As well as I am grateful to have assist from our mates at Radio Hospital and Rosewood Machine and Software, together with our different companions.”
“Kody is a good ambassador on and off the observe, and we’re proud to have him on Staff Fatheadz,” mentioned Elmore. “I’ve full religion in his expertise behind the wheel as he expands his racing expertise, and I can’t wait to see him carry the Fatheadz colours in Florida.”
Affiliate sponsors will embody Radio Hospital, Rosewood Machine and Software, Manufacturers Truck Insurance coverage, Platinum Categorical, McGunegill Engine Efficiency, Duncan Oil, Alt & Witzig Engineering, Eibach Springs, Allstar Efficiency, FK Rod Ends, Okay&N Filters, Picture Categorical and Roof Co.
Staff Platinum can be wanting ahead to working with a driver who has rewritten USAC’s document books.
“I’m excited to work with Kody,” mentioned Metz, its crew chief. “I’ve watched a number of of his races since this deal began to return collectively. There is no such thing as a doubt in his capacity to get the job finished behind the wheel. I’m positive his studying curve can be brief. Communication and suggestions can be a giant a part of the puzzle, however I’ve a superb feeling about that as effectively. All the blokes right here at Staff Platinum are excited to get to Florida and switch some laps.”
After a apply day on Feb. 4, the World Sequence of Asphalt Inventory Automobile Racing is held on the next 9 days. Swanson’s two divisions are scheduled to be featured on eight of them, with the one exception being on Monday, Feb. 8. His largest race within the sequence would be the Orange Blossom Tremendous Late Mannequin 100 on Saturday, Feb. 13. 4-time ARCA Midwest Tour champion Ty Majeski, who received the Snowball Derby final month and has pushed in NASCAR Xfinity and Truck sequence races, is the defending winner.
The vehicles Swanson will drive in Florida can be quantity 26. The group’s engines are ready by McGunegill Engine Efficiency (MEP) of Muncie, Ind.
Stay streaming of the World Sequence of Asphalt Inventory Automobile Racing can be out there by a community that can be introduced quickly by New Smyrna Speedway officers.
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