Toni Breidinger preps for ARCA debut with Venturini Motorsports
Toni Breidinger, USAC’s all-time winningest female driver, will make her ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut in Wisconsin on June 15. The 18-year-old Hillsborough, California native will wheel a Venturini Motorsports Toyota in the Herr’s Potato Chips 200, and then will head south to Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois for the Papa Nicholas 150 on June 22.
Breidinger has scored 14 pavement victories in USAC open-wheel competition. Her GMP appearance is contingent on the ARCA superspeedway approval process.
“I’m definitely excited,” said Breidinger. “I’m a little anxious…this is such a big deal for me. I’ve been waiting a long time for this.”
The ARCA Racing Series cars are completely different from the open wheel cars that Breidinger has raced in the past.
“These cars do not get any more opposite. I tested an ARCA car last year at Motor Mile Speedway in Virginia. There’s going to be a pretty big learning curve, obviously. I’m watching YouTube video and taking advice from my Venturini Motorsports teammates. I’m trying to gather as much knowledge as possible to prepare myself.
“I would be very happy with a solid top-10 finish and bring the car back in one piece. This is how I want to make my living so I’m very serious about the whole thing.”
Breidinger attended the ARCA race at Toledo Speedway in May.
“I was just watching and learning…trying to see how everything goes, how it all works. It’s way different than anything I’m used to.”
Breidinger began her career behind the wheel of a go-kart at the age nine before she graduated to the USAC Midget ranks. In 2014 and 2015 she placed second overall in USAC’s Speed 2 Western U.S. Pavement Midget Series driver standings. She went on to claim the 2016 Speed 2 Western U.S. Pavement Midget Series championship.
“I feel extremely lucky and privileged to be making my series debut racing for Venturini Motorsports. They do an amazing job with developing drivers. The knowledge I will gain from them will be very valuable and beneficial. I am beyond excited to be a part of Venturini Motorsports.”
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has not raced at GMP in 11 years. The late Bryan Clauson was the final Gateway ARCA winner, back in 2007.
Discounted tickets for the June 22-23 ARCA Racing Series Papa Nicholas 150 and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200 presented by CK Power doubleheader weekend at Gateway are now on sale at 19 Menards stores in the greater St. Louis area.
Race fans can “save big money” by purchasing tickets to the Papa Nicholas 150 ARCA event thru June 21. Advanced tickets are just $20, a $10 savings off the gate price at the track. Menards also is offering a two-day ticket, good for both the June 22 Papa Nicholas 150, and the Saturday, June 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 200, for just $45. Kids 15 & under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder.
Fans are also encouraged to look for the new ARCA-branded packaging on the PapaNicholas single-serve coffee products, located in the grocery section at the more than 300 Menards stores chain-wide.
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About Gateway Motorsports Park
Gateway Motorsports Park is the home of INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis region. Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering more than 340 acres, Gateway Motorsports Park is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. Gateway Motorsports Park’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, 1.6-mile road course, a state-of-the-art karting facility and a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue. Gateway Motorsports Park was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Facility of the Year Award from the Race Track Business Conference and the 2017 Spirit of St. Louis Award from St. Louis Attractions Association.