Thad Moffitt Returns to ARCA Racing Series in Indiana

Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) development driver Thad Moffitt will make his Team Chevy racing debut start this Friday night at the short track in Clermont, Indiana, just miles from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Moffitt will compete in the ARCA Racing Series Shore Lunch 200 and is hoping to better his 11th-place finish last year. He’s also wanting to collect another Top-10 after finishing 10th at the Toledo Speedway earlier this year in ARCA competition.

Moffitt, 17, returns to Indiana with a new car for his eighth ARCA Racing Series start. Moffitt will race the No. 46 Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevrolet after his team purchased Chevrolet cars and assets from Mason Mitchell Motorsports over the summer. Moffitt is ready to race the new cars this weekend after a successful test.
“Obviously, Richard Petty Motorsports is new to the Chevrolet camp this year, and I wanted to be in a Chevrolet, too,” said Moffitt. “Empire Racing Group had the opportunity to make the switch, and this is something that immediately improves our program. At the same time, we have to learn the cars, the setups and make sure we’re fast all night.”

In preparation for all the changes, the team tested in Indy at the track they will return to on Friday for the one-day show.

“It was an important test to give us a base of where we are with the new equipment,” continued Moffitt. “It was great to be back at the track, in a Chevrolet, and learning as much as possible. We want to run well again at Indy, especially for Performance Plus Motor Oil. They have done so much for my career, and I want to run well for them and all my partners.”

The No. 46 Chevrolet will run with primary sponsor Performance Plus Motor Oil on the hood and sides and also with associate sponsors Transportation Impact and Hostetler Ranch.

Moffitt, the 2016 Southeast Limited Late Model Champion from Trinity, North Carolina, is the son of Brian and Rebecca Petty-Moffitt. He started racing a go-kart and a quarter midget before moving to a Limited Late Model and now a Late Model. He competes part-time on the ARCA Racing Series. A high school student, Moffitt grew up going to the track with his grandfather, “The King” Richard Petty, and also watching his uncle, Kyle Petty, race.

Friday’s schedule includes practice, qualifying and the race. The Shore Lunch 200 is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET and will be televised live nationally on MAV TV.

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