June 1, 2013
Cunningham Motorsports has announced that Penske Racing driver, Ryan Blaney, will pilot the #22 Dodge in three select ARCA Racing Series events. The first of the three races will be at the 2-mile Michigan International Speedway in the Irish Hills of Brooklyn, Michigan on June 14, followed the next weekend by a 4-plus mile, 14-turn Road America road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on June 22. The final of the three planned races is one month later, on July 21, when he rejoins the Cunningham organization at Chicagoland Speedway.
As Penske Racing’s driver development team, Cunningham Motorsports will provide track experience for the 19 year old at various tracks where the young driver has little or no previous laps. Blaney is currently driving the #29 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Brad Keselowski Racing and selected NASCAR Nationwide Series races in the #22 with Penske Racing. After signing with Penske Racing in July of 2012, Blaney ran seven Nationwide races and thirteen Camping World Truck races, celebrating his first Truck Series victory in only his third race with the organization, at Iowa Speedway. With that win he became the youngest winner in NASCAR Truck Series history. Blaney is a third generation driver and the son of former World of Outlaws sprint car champion and current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Dave Blaney.
Cunningham Motorsports has routinely provided talented drivers to the top tiers of NASCAR, with some of the most recent being Parker Kligerman, Dakoda Armstrong and Alex Bowman who have progressed through the organization that is headed by General Manager, Paul Andrews. With the talents of Andrews, who was the 1992 NASCAR Championship crew chief for Alan Kulwicki and Cunningham’s 17 years of expertise in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Series, many of today’s current NASCAR stars got their stock car starts within the organization.
Blaney’s teammate for his three scheduled ARCA Series races will be 5 year ARCA veteran Tom Hessert, who has already claimed an ARCA Series victory this season at Salem Speedway in Salem, Indiana. This checkered flag is Hessert’s third of his ARCA career, with the first of the other two coming in 2010 when Hessert ran with Cunningham Motorsports previously.
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