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Kevin O’Connell Signs with Rick Ware Racing for NASCAR Cup Series Road Courses

Rick Ware Racing announced the team’s intent to compete in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series beginning with next month’s 59th annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. RWR’s return to the elite level of NASCAR will have Timmy Hill aboard the #51 Chevrolet for Speedweeks with a rotating list of drivers to follow throughout the season including longtime RWR drivers Stanton Barrett and road course ringer Kevin O’Connell to name a few. RWR also announced the team has acquired assets from Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) for use this season, including cars, pulldown rig and technology support. Additionally, Longtime industry veteran Joe Lax, also previously with TBR will serve as crew chief, while pro-motor engineering (PME) will supply the horsepower during the season. Furthermore, Mike Hillman Sr., a longtime fixture in NASCAR joins RWR in a newly created role as team consultant.

Jan 24, 2017 209 Views

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Houston’s O’Connell a jack-of-all-trades behind the wheel

O’Connell first to race in all 3 NASCAR international series

Houston Chronicle Sports – By Jaylon Thompson – July 22, 2015

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Two years ago, professional driver Kevin O’Connell decided to try something different. The Houston native made history in the process.

In 2015, O’Connell became the first driver to race in all three NASCAR international series (in Canada, Mexico and Europe).

O’Connell, 48, mainly competes in races designated as road course events. In 2013, he entered the American SpeedFest at the Brands Hatch Circuit in Great Britain.

Since then, O’Connell has competed in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. He also has been to Mexico with the NASCAR Mexico Series and to Europe with the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.

“It was new, and no one had done it yet,” O’Connell said of competing in all three international series. “When you go into places like Europe, Canada and Mexico, the talent is very deep. There is a very high level of competition, and it makes for some good racing.”

Like father, like son

O’Connell grew up in Clear Lake and graduated from C.E King High School, where he was a three-sport athlete in baseball, basketball, and track and field. He has been around racing his entire life.

His father, Gus O’Connell Jr., raced cars in Huntington Long Island, N.Y., and in the 1960s competed in regional races for the Sports Car Club of America.

Kevin O’Connell fell in love with driving in the late 1980s while participating in street races on Rankin Road. He drove a blue Ford Mustang and was joined by 500 car enthusiasts who shared his passion.

It was that passion that led him to become a NASCAR driver.

“The competition and the athletic part came from playing Texas high school sports,” O’Connell said. “The car part came from the street racing on Rankin Road. These together are what led me to want to pursue something on a professional level.”

O’Connell has been racing professionally since the 1990s and has competed in the Xfinity Series for NASCAR. Also, he has driven road courses like Road America in Wisconsin.

In 2014, he finished third at Gardner Denver 200 (at Road America) and was named the Mobil 1 Driver of the Race. He calls the race his signature moment.

“What is significant is that I was driving for a smaller team that didn’t have a top-five finish in over five years,” O’Connell said. “We got them their only top-three finish all season. It set the stage for us as road racers against some of the bigger teams.”

O’Connell has continued as a road course specialist. His unique schedule allows him to join different teams. Recently, he signed on with Rick Ware Racing to compete in the Xfinity Series and Canadian Tire Series races.

He also is looking to compete in the Tudor United Sports Car Championship series, which is organized by the International Motor Sports Association and runs in Canada and the United States.

A little bit of this and that

O’Connell also has experience with sports cars.

He has raced in the Rolex Series and the IMSA Blancpain Lamborghini Super Trofeo Racing Series. In the IMSA series, O’Connell drove the No. 9 Lamborghini of Houston and finished second in the series. He plans on competing again in the future.

“We will continue to do some of these international events and mix in some sports car stuff with the NASCAR,” O’Connell said. “We are full-time, but we aren’t running full schedules at any one series.”

One of the series O’Connell races in is the NASCAR Mexico Series. It is a popular circuit that NASCAR has tried to build around and is seen as a steppingstone for Hispanic drivers to reach the Xfinity or Sprint Cup series in the U.S.

“It’s a lot more than stock car racing in Mexico,” said NASCAR vice president of regional and touring series George Silbermann. “We already have seen some of the really talented drivers from down there come up and compete at a very high level in the United States. We kind of tie it all together. With our NASCAR Mexico Series, it’s one of the cornerstones for our marketing division in the United States.”

On the right track

NASCAR has showcased the Mexico Series in the U.S. by holding a race at Phoenix International Raceway since 2014.

Many drivers have come from Mexico and competed in the Xfinity and Sprint Cup series. For Daniel Suarez, the series has helped him achieve the dream of being a NASCAR driver.

“I think it’s a good opportunity to start learning about NASCAR,” Suarez said. “Right now, I am already in the States, but I see so many other options to try doing some things. To make it to the big series, it is a good opportunity to race in the NASCAR Mexico and NASCAR K&N.”

O’Connell has seen firsthand the talented drivers in the Mexico series. He raced in the Toyota 120 at Phoenix International Raceway and is headed to Mexico City to race in November.

“What I thought about the Mexico series is a lot of those guys have been racing together for a long time,” he said. “The quality of the racing is pretty good. We ran the Mexico City in 2008 as a part of the Busch series. There was a lot of fans there, and NASCAR was very well-received.”

O’Connell has come a long way from Rankin Road in Houston. He hopes to continue his international success.

“We will do it for the next couple of years,” he said. “Then we will reassess.”

Aug 2, 2015 865 Views

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O’CONNELL RACING ENTERS 2015 GREAT RACE

HISTORIC ROUTE 66 – ST. LOUIS TO LOS ANGELES

ORANGE COUNTY, Ca., — June 19th, 2015 – O’Connell Racing, a Southern California based motorsports team announced today that American road racing driver Kevin O’Connell along with his father Gus O’Connell will enter and race in the 2015 Great Race along historic Route 66.

The race will begin Saturday afternoon in Kirkwood, Missouri and follow the famed Route 66 to the Pacific Ocean and end at the Santa Monica Beach pier in Los Angeles. The entire race will encompass seven total days and include Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. For 2015, the team will compete in the race with a fully restored candy apple red 1966 Ford Mustang convertible with a factory correct 289 V-8 engine and four speed gearbox combination.

Driver Kevin O’Connell commented, “It’s great to be able to run a race with my Dad and close family members in such a unique racing event along the “Main Street of America.” We spent the early part of the week in the farm country outside of St. Louis running the car at posted speeds on two lane country roads setting up our charts and calibrations for the race and working out some minor technical issues with the #59 Gemini Southern Ford Mustang convertible. We go through technical inspections today and will be ready to get our kicks on Route 66 come Saturday.”

Gus O’Connell moves to navigator for most of the 2015 race and then to driver in Arizona, while Bill Kohlmeyer will be mid race navigator beginning at Lake Havasu and into San Bernardino. Family members Fred and Denny Cassin will drive the chase truck and trailer and provide day to day race support and logistics.

About O’Connell Racing:
O’Connell Racing (OCR) featuring American road course racing driver Kevin O’Connell is a motorsports competition and marketing company that competes in NASCAR in America, Canada, Europe, and Mexico and in the IMSA TUDOR United Sports Car Championship Series recently in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Racing Series and in various SVRA/HSR vintage racing events.

PR Contact: Jerry Digney 818.693.1087

Jun 19, 2015 799 Views

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Kevin O’Connell Makes History In Nascar

First Driver to Compete in America, Europe, Canada & Mexico Series

ORANGE COUNTY, CA., – May 11, 2015 – O’Connell Racing, a Southern California based company announced today that American racing driver Kevin O’Connell will become the first NASCAR driver to have competed in racing events in all three of NASCAR’s international-based series with his entry and race in this weekend’s NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on May 17.

Kevin O’Connell, in collaboration with Rick Ware Racing set out to schedule and contract with racing teams in each of the international NASCAR series in an effort to secure specific race dates for both road courses and oval tracks. In the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, Kevin drove for Racing Club Partners of Belgium with teammates Nathalie Maillet and Baron Christophe De Fierlant with renowned team owner Franz Dubois in the American Speedfest race at Brands Hatch in Kent, England. In the NASCAR XFINITY Series in America, Kevin drove for Rick Ware Racing in multiple road racing events including Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio and in 2014 at Road America with a 3rd place finish and having been named the Mobil 1 Driver of the Race in the Gardner Denver 200 Fired Up by Johnsonville. In the NASCAR Mexico Series, Kevin drove for Raceplanet-Adhler-Anahuac Racing with teammate Enrique Contreras III in the Toyota 120 at Phoenix International Raceway. This weekend in Canada, Kevin will drive for White Motorsports with teammate Marc-Antoine Camirand in the Castrol Presents the Victoria Day Speedfest race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park outside of Toronto, Canada.

Driver Kevin O’Connell stated, “We recognized that NASCAR was growing beyond the borders of United States and after witnessing the success of the Canadian events I set out to develop a plan with Rick to race and establish relationships in all of the international series while accomplishing a new and unique marker for both our team and marketing partners.”

“This is a unique and exciting effort that Kevin has undertaken,” said Joe Balash, NASCAR international competition liaison. “What Kevin is doing really underscores the many opportunities that exist for drivers to compete with NASCAR series based outside of the U.S. borders as well as for international drivers to compete in the U.S.”

About O’Connell Racing: O’Connell Racing (OCR) featuring American road course racing driver Kevin O’Connell is a motorsports competition and marketing company that competes in NASCAR in America, Canada, Europe, and Mexico and in the IMSA TUDOR United Sports Car Championship Series recently in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Racing Series and in various SVRA/HSR vintage racing events.

About Rick Ware Racing: Rick Ware Racing (RWR) has competed in multiple NASCAR racing series including the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as well as the ARCA Series, the WMA Motocross Series, AMA Arenacross, Motocross and Supercross Series, Summer X-Games, Lamborghini Super Trofeo Racing Series and the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship Series

PR Contact: Jerry Digney 818.693.1087

May 11, 2015 870 Views

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Kevin O’Connell Receives 1st Annual David M. Jackson Racer’s Achievement Award

LOS ANGELES, CA. – December 29th, 2014 – The Jackson racing family representing three generations of stock car racing on the west coast announced today that the 1st annual David M. Jackson Racer’s Achievement Award has been awarded to American NASCAR and sports car road course driver Kevin O’Connell.

The David M. Jackson Racer’s Achievement Award is given annually and bestowed when merited to honor members of the racing community who have made distinguished achievements in racing and competition, contributions in leadership, the advancement of charitable causes or innovation in the general business of motor racing.

David M. Jackson stated, “This annual award is for more than being a winning driver or crew chief, it is intended to be broader in its recognition. In 2014, Kevin was nominated and selected for the award for the following achievements:

  • Only NASCAR driver in a top national series (Nationwide Series) to earn an advanced degree – Master’s Degree in Business (MBA) – Pepperdine University 1999
  • The 1st American to enter and compete in NASCAR Europe in a road race – 2013 in the American SpeedFest at Brands Hatch, England.
  • Family heritage of racing dating back to the 1960’s with father Gus – Kevin has been a team owner & driver in both NASCAR and IMSA.
  • Active in the promotion of charitable causes: Shania Kids Can
  • 1st in the 2014 Toyota Southwest Superlates Series Winter Classic
  • 2nd in championship points 2014 IMSA Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Pro-Am Series with Rick Ware Racing with 2 wins and 7 podiums.
  • 3rd in 2014 NASCAR Xfinity Series in the Gardner Denver 200 at Road America with Rick Ware Racing — named Mobil 1 Driver of the Race.

Only NASCAR driver in a top national series (Nationwide Series) to earn an advanced degree – Master’s Degree in Business (MBA) – Pepperdine University 1999 Kevin O’Connell commented, “I have known about the Jacksons since the late 1990’s and witnessed them dominate the west coast stock car racing scene in California. In the past two years I have been able to get to know Dave, sons Matt and Tony and now grandson Chris. Together with Dave, they represent decades of racing experience and timeless stories about racers past and present. It’s an honor to receive this recognition from the Jackson family and I appreciate their endorsement.”

This award entitles the recipient to a seat on the 2015 nominating committee for the 2015 David M. Jackson Racer’s Achievement Award as well as an entry and fully sponsored race in the 2015 Toyota Southwest Superlates Winter Classic.

About David M. Jackson: In 1972, Jackson Race Cars was founded in Southern California by David M. Jackson. After receiving a degree in engineering from the University of Nevada, David discovered his passion for stock car racing as a driver and team owner, chassis builder, innovator and racing series founder. As an innovator, David was an early adopter of modern stock car concepts. In the late 1970’s, he was the first car builder to construct a fiberglass body for oval track cars. Additionally, David was the first west coast car builder to construct a coil over chassis and the first racer to utilize an adjustable Watts link as a new assembly that was mounted on the back of a quick change rear end primarily used on ovals. David was active in west coast short track stock car racing in the 1980’s and led early developmental efforts for the establishment of the Southwest Tour Series later sanctioned by NASCAR.

As a team owner, David’s team is the only racing team in the history of Irwindale Speedway to win a championship in the same year in both the Late model and Superlate model divisions. He has five Superlate Model championships as a team owner and chassis builder at Irwindale Speedway, accomplished in the first eleven years of operation. David’s teams and cars have competed and won championships at many historical west coast tracks including: Saugus Speedway, Mesa Marin, Craig Road Speedway, El Cajon Speedway, Orange Show, Riverside Raceway and Willow Springs International.

David has had many notable racers drive for his teams throughout their careers including Rick Hendrick, Jimmy Insolo, Ron Esau and Jim Robinson in the 1980’s, Ron Hornaday, Ernie Irvan, Kenny Schrader, Jim Thirkettle and Greg Pursley in the 1990’s, Kurt & Kyle Busch, Rip Michels and Nick Joanides in the 2000’s and three generations of the Gilliland racing family with Butch, David and Todd. After 44 years in the sport of stock car racing, David continues to be an advocate for ambitious stock car drivers and is actively fielding race cars on the west coast for both short track and road course racing with the family business, Jackson Race Cars. David is currently the Director of Competition for the Toyota Southwest Superlates Series — a series he founded in 1993 that races exclusively at Willow Springs International Raceway.

About Kevin O’Connell: Kevin O’Connell is an American road course racing driver featured by O’Connell Racing (OCR) 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.

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Dec 29, 2014 1451 Views

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Kevin O’Connell Wins 2014 Toyota Southwest Superlates Winter Classic

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.

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Dec 15, 2014 973 Views

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O’CONNELL RACING ENTERS 2014 GREAT RACE — MAINE TO FLORIDA

Featuring Shania Kids Can

HOLLYWOOD, CA., June 16th, 2014 — O’Connell Racing (OConnellRacing.com), a professional motorsports company based in Southern California announced today that the team with the father-son driver combination of Gus O’Connell and Kevin O’Connell will compete in the 2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race that will take place over a week long period starting in downtown Ogunquit, Maine and ending in The Villages, Florida.
The Great Race, established in 1983 requires entrants to only race classic, vintage or antique vehicles. The race is considered to be an automotive competition based on precision driving and navigational skills with events that are timed, with controlled speeds and endurance criteria. The 2014 race will include stops in states such as New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Delaware, Virginia, North and South Carolina and Georgia with the finish in Florida.
Kevin O’Connell commented, “This is a new type of racing for us and our #59 entry will campaign an all original 1959 Chevrolet Apache Fleetside pick-up truck. My father, family friends Bill Kohlmeyer and Chris Bensabat are going to start the event in Maine, with family members Fred and Denny Cassin providing race support and logistics. I intend to meet up with the team somewhere along the line and drive for a stint or two after racing in the Gardner Denver 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America with Rick Ware Racing.”
Shania Twain’s charity Shania Kids Can has been selected as the primary effort for the entire month of June with O’Connell Racing and Rick Ware Racing dedicating entire events in NASCAR, the IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo Racing Series and the Great Race to the charity.

About O’Connell Racing:
O’Connell Racing (OCR) featuring American road course racing driver Kevin O’Connell and related venture sponsored companies is a motorsports marketing and media company that competes directly in NASCAR throughout North America and Europe, the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship Series (formerly the Grand-Am Rolex Series) in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Racing Series and in SVRA in various vintage racing events in the United States.

About Rick Ware Racing:
Rick Ware Racing (RWR) has competed in multiple NASCAR racing series including the K & N Pro series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as well as the ARCA Series, the WMA Motocross Series, AMA Arenacross, Motocross and Supercross Series, Summer X-Games, Lamborghini Super Trofeo Racing Series and the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship Series

About Shania Kids Can:
Shania Kids Can is a program designed for kids at primary school level who are having personal problems at home. As a result these children often have difficulties functioning at their full potential in the school environment either socially, behaviorally, academically or all three. Children with personal life challenges might come to school with low self-esteem, depressed, tired or hungry – not ideal for taking in the joy of learning, the security of community and the pleasure of friendship. The Shania Kids Can Foundation educates, inspires and empowers children in their communities to achieve their full potential by increasing their chances of equality and opportunities for success. By helping less fortunate children reach their personal best in their daily lives at primary school age; this may likely prevent the less positive alternative that too many children of lost potential face later in life …of becoming statistics that burden society rather than contributing to it.

PR Contact: Jerry Digney

Jun 16, 2014 1406 Views

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Kevin O’connell & Carlos Contreras Podium Finish At Sebring In Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series

O’Connell Wins Pro-Am, Co-Drivers Scott Monroe & Lance Fenton 2nd in Pro – Am

HOLLYWOOD, CA., March 17th, 2014 — O’Connell Racing (OConnellRacing.com), a professional motorsports company based in Southern California announced today that drivers Kevin O’Connell and Carlos Contreras reached the podium with a third place overall finishing position in their inaugural race at Sebring this weekend in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series led by Rick Ware Racing and Lamborghini of Houston.

Rick Ware Racing fielded a two car effort with Texas drivers Scott Monroe and Lance Fenton in the #15 Lamborghini of Toronto teamed with O’Connell and Contreras in the Lamborghini of Houston – Voli Light Vodka #9 race car.

Rick Ware stated, “The possibility came together with these new entries into the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series very close to the Sebring race so we had to race with limited testing data for the crew chiefs and a newly formed team. Fortunately, the collective experience of all four of our drivers paid off and we had a successful weekend and created some momentum heading to the upcoming west coast race at Laguna Seca”.

Starting at the back the grid due to a seat belt malfunction in qualifying, Contreras moved aggressively through the field to bring the car to P-6 within the first half of the race. After a planned driver change and a late race caution that led to a green white checker, O’Connell was able to complete the effort started by Contreras. O’Connell was first in class with the co-drivers taking third overall for the race.

O’Connell commented, “We were really learning the car and the track lap by lap and with a new car, new team and real time race strategy to sort out we are content with a podium finish, but all of our drivers believe there is much more to achieve.”

About O’Connell Racing:
O’Connell Racing (OCR) featuring American racing driver Kevin O’Connell is a race-day event and motorsports media marketing and branding company that competes directly in NASCAR throughout North America and Europe, the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship Series, the IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo Racing Series and in SVRA in various vintage racing events in the United States.

About Rick Ware Racing:
Rick Ware Racing (RWR) has competed in multiple NASCAR racing series including the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the K & N Pro Series as well as the ARCA Series, the WMA Motocross Series, AMA Arenacross, Motocross and Supercross Series, Summer X-Games, the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship Series and the IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo Racing Series.

About Shania Kids Can:
Shania Kids Can is a program designed for kids at primary school level who are having personal problems at home. As a result these children often have difficulties functioning at their full potential in the school environment either socially, behaviorally, academically or all three. Children with personal life challenges might come to school with low self-esteem, depressed, tired or hungry – not ideal for taking in the joy of learning, the security of community and the pleasure of friendship. The Shania Kids Can Foundation educates, inspires and empowers children in their communities to achieve their full potential by increasing their chances of equality and opportunities for success. By helping less fortunate children reach their personal best in their daily lives at primary school age; this may likely prevent the less positive alternative that too many children of lost potential face later in life …of becoming statistics that burden society rather than contributing to it.

Mar 17, 2014 1801 Views

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O’Connell To Co-drive With Mexico’s Carlos Contreras In The Lamborghini Super Trofeo Racing Series

HOLLYWOOD, CA., March 14th, 2014 — O’Connell Racing (OConnellRacing.com), a professional motorsports company based in Southern California announced today that driver Kevin O’Connell will co-drive with eight (8) time Mexican Series Championship racing driver Carlos Contreras. Contreras is currently a driver in the NASCAR Xfinity Series as a driver for Rick Ware Racing.

Kevin O’Connell stated, ” Carlos is a world class road racer with lots of success in both NASCAR and various types of international sports car racing. I look forward to competing with him in 2014.”

The next race for the series is at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in May.

About O’Connell Racing:
O’Connell Racing (OCR) featuring American road course racing driver Kevin O’Connell and related venture sponsored companies is a motorsports race-day event and media marketing company that
competes directly in NASCAR throughout North America and Europe, the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship Series (formerly the Grand-Am Rolex Series) specifically in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Racing Series and in SVRA in various vintage racing events in the United States.

About Rick Ware Racing:
Rick Ware Racing (RWR) has competed in multiple NASCAR racing series including the K & N Pro series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as well as the ARCA Series, the WMA Motocross Series, AMA Arenacross, Motocross and Supercross Series, Summer X-Games, Lamborghini Super Trofeo Racing Series and the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship Series

About Shania Kids Can:
Shania Kids Can is a program designed for kids at primary school level who are having personal problems at home. As a result these children often have difficulties functioning at their full potential in the school environment either socially, behaviorally, academically or all three. Children with personal life challenges might come to school with low self-esteem, depressed, tired or hungry – not ideal for taking in the joy of learning, the security of community and the pleasure of friendship. The Shania Kids Can Foundation educates, inspires and empowers children in their communities to achieve their full potential by increasing their chances of equality and opportunities for success. By helping less fortunate children reach their personal best in their daily lives at primary school age; this may likely prevent the less positive alternative that too many children of lost potential face later in life …of becoming statistics that burden society rather than contributing to it.

Mar 14, 2014 1597 Views

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Kevin O’connell To Run For Championship In 2014 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Racing Series In North America

HOLLYWOOD, CA., March 12th, 2014 — O’Connell Racing (OConnellRacing.com), a professional motorsports company based in Southern California announced today that driver Kevin O’Connell will enter and compete for the North American championship in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series with Rick Ware Racing of Thomasville, North Carolina and Lamborghini of Houston, Texas beginning with the race at Sebring International Raceway.

O’Connell will have a current co-driver for the series to be named before the first event. Kevin O’Connell commented, “We view Super Trofeo and the effort from factory Lamborghini and its dealers to be similar to what we have seen with the clear success of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and our entry there in select events in 2013. This series is unique and structured with current racing trends in mind, the automotive brand is one of the best in the world and the racing events are at the most coveted circuits in the United States and Canada. This series is the right combination for our corporate marketing partners.”

Launched in Europe in 2009, the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo racing series is the world’s fastest one-make series. After expansion into the Asian markets, racing in North America commenced and is to be featured with the TUDOR Sports Car Championship Series and Indy-Car open wheel events. Racing events will take place at popular circuits like the Watkins Glen International, Road Atlanta, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, and Sebring International. Winners in Super Trofeo will receive an invitation to participate in the Super Trofeo World Finals in Vallelunga, Italy where competitors from North America, Asia and Europe will compete concurrently.

Team owner Rick Ware stated, “We are excited to be back in Sports Car racing, particularly with Lamborghini Super Trofeo. Kevin’s racing experience on the track and his leadership with our corporate marketing and branding partners will provide us with the foundation for success in 2014.

About O’Connell Racing:
O’Connell Racing (OCR) featuring American road course racing driver Kevin O’Connell and related venture sponsored companies is a motorsports race-day event and media marketing company that
competes directly in NASCAR throughout North America and Europe, the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship Series (formerly the Grand-Am Rolex Series) specifically in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Racing Series and in SVRA in various vintage racing events in the United States.

About Rick Ware Racing:
Rick Ware Racing (RWR) has competed in multiple NASCAR racing series including the K & N Pro series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as well as the ARCA Series, the WMA Motocross Series, AMA Arenacross, Motocross and Supercross Series, Summer X-Games, Lamborghini Super Trofeo Racing Series and the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship Series

About Shania Kids Can:
Shania Kids Can is a program designed for kids at primary school level who are having personal problems at home. As a result these children often have difficulties functioning at their full potential in the school environment either socially, behaviorally, academically or all three. Children with personal life challenges might come to school with low self-esteem, depressed, tired or hungry – not ideal for taking in the joy of learning, the security of community and the pleasure of friendship. The Shania Kids Can Foundation educates, inspires and empowers children in their communities to achieve their full potential by increasing their chances of equality and opportunities for success. By helping less fortunate children reach their personal best in their daily lives at primary school age; this may likely prevent the less positive alternative that too many children of lost potential face later in life …of becoming statistics that burden society rather than contributing to it.

PR Contact: Jerry Digney

Mar 10, 2014 1181 Views

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