ORANGE COUNTY, Ca. – December 15, 2014 – O’Connell Racing, a leading professional motorsports company announced today that team road course driver Kevin O’Connell won the 3rd Annual Toyota Southwest Superlates (SWS) Winter Classic held over the weekend at Willow Springs International Raceway in Southern California in the track’s original two and half mile 1953 configuration.
Driver Kevin O’Connell commented, “What a great end to our 2014 racing season here on the west coast. We won the right event at the right time in SWS. The team dedicates this win to Todd Southwell, my crew chief and former SWS driver. His call on race strategy for the first half of the race and the 5 lap sprint after the invert, and all of the prior efforts to get us in position throughout the season to win was the difference today.”
The 2014 Winter Classic race completed a full season of high speed stock car road course racing for the SWS series and was a preview of the racing set to take place in 2015 at Willow Springs.
Series co-founder and series promoter Matt Jackson stated, “For the last 20 years the west coast drivers have dominated NASCAR’s top levels with 12 of the last 19 Sprint Cup champions coming from the west. We intend for SWS to launch new champions to the national racing scene in the future and continue this trend.”
The 3rd Annual SWS Winter Classic can be seen on demand at www.xsan.tv
About O’Connell Racing: O’Connell Racing (OCR) featuring American road course racing driver Kevin O’Connell and related venture backed companies is a motorsports marketing and media company that competes directly in NASCAR throughout North America and Europe, in IMSA — the sanctioning body of the Tudor United Sports Car Championship in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Racing Series and in SVRA & VARA in various vintage racing events.
About Toyota Southwest Superlates Series: The Toyota Southwest Superlates road course racing series is an existing late model V8 stock car series with racing exclusively at Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, California. The series features current and former NASCAR, sports car and off road racing drivers in close competition all competing for a cash purse award with the champion receiving a new Toyota Tundra truck.
FOR O’Connell Racing (OConnellRacing.com)
Digney & Company
FOR Southwest Superlates Series (www.swsracing.com)
Matt Jackson, Series Promoter