Dec
15
2014
1401 Views

Kevin O’Connell Wins 2014 Toyota Southwest Superlates Winter Classic

Dec 15, 2014 1401 Views

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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Digney & Company
Jerry Digney
Tel 323.993.3000

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Company Contact:
Matt Jackson, Series Promoter
Tel 661.305.7391

Jun
16
2014
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O’CONNELL RACING ENTERS 2014 GREAT RACE — MAINE TO FLORIDA

Jun 16, 2014 1849 Views

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

Mar
17
2014
2383 Views

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

Mar 17, 2014 2383 Views

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.

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