Settling In: AM Racing returned to the ARCA Menards Series full-time in 2023 with Automobile Racing of America (ARCA) Rookie of the Year candidate Christian Rose behind the wheel of the team’s No. 32 Ford Mustang.
The 2023 ARCA Menards Series will mark the first time that AM Racing has competed full-time in the NASCAR-owned development series since Gus Dean drove for the organization during the 2018 season.
Meet Christian Rose: Rose, a former Division 1 baseball player for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore has traded the glove and bat in for a steering wheel and helmet and has set achievable goals for his first full season of stock car competition aboard the team’s flagship No. 32 Ford Mustang.
Rose joins the Statesville, N.C.-based team on the heels of a limited ARCA schedule in 2022 competing in a series of races on ARCA’s platform with Cook Racing Technologies which was highlighted by a career-best seventh-place finish at Kansas Speedway last October.
Additionally, Rose earned two additional top-10 finishes at Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway and Dover (Del.) Motor Speedway respectively.
Glad To Have You: To help steer Christian Rose and the AM Racing team toward a championship in
2023, the organization has recruited Ryan “Pickle” London to serve as crew chief of the No. 32 Ford Mustang this season.
London, a long-time NASCAR CRAFTSMAN® Truck Series crew chief returns to AM Racing after spending the 2020 season with the team’s Truck Series program as the truck chief.
London has plenty of experience as a leader in the ARCA Menards Series, including guiding drivers Tom Hessert and Frank Kimmel to poles and leading Grant Enfinger to victories at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway and DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds in 2014.
In addition to the two wins as crew chief, the winning NASCAR CRAFTSMAN® Truck Series crew chief has numerous ARCA top-fives and top-10 efforts to his credit.
Partner Support: The Disability Opportunity Fund (DOF) will serve as the primary marketing partner on Rose’s No. 32 Ford Mustang in Friday afternoon’s General Tire 100.
As a nationally certified Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, DOF’s mission is to provide financial products, technical assistance, equity investment and financial advisory services that improve the quality of life and build personal wealth for people with disabilities and their families and support organizations serving the population.
In its first 16 years, DOF has supported 100 plus projects in 35 states. These activities have benefitted over 50,000 people with disabilities and their families.
Racing for Stride: ARCA Menards Series professional race car driver Christian Rose, AM Racing, the Disability Opportunity Fund (DOF) and Nine Line Apparel announced recently the launch of the “Racing for STRIDE (Supporting and Transforming Rights, Inclusion, Disability Empowerment)” initiative aimed to celebrate and honor veterans with disabilities.
DOF, Rose, AM Racing and Nine Line will provide one veteran with a disability the opportunity to win a brand-new, accessible, redesigned Ford F-150 truck, courtesy of Paul Thigpen Automotive Group.
The centerpiece of the groundbreaking initiative is the Racing for STRIDE competition that invites veterans with disabilities, or a representative on their behalf, to submit an application sharing their story of living with a disability, their experience serving the country, and the impact a new, redesigned, accessible Ford F-150 truck would have on their lives.
The first part of the application process opens on August 1, 2023, and runs through August 31, 2023. After this, the judges will select three finalists to submit a 30-second video for final consideration.
The competition is open to individuals nationwide who wish to nominate a deserving veteran with a disability in their community, and individuals can also refer a friend by sharing a picture of your nominee on DOF’s Facebook and Instagram accounts using the hashtag (#racingforstride).
Participants can enter to win at racingforstride.com.
#AlmostHeaven: The Department of West Virginia Tourism will serve as a major associate marketing partner on Rose’s No. 32 Ford Mustang in Friday afternoon’s General Tire 100.
The West Virginia Department of Tourism promotes West Virginia as a leading four-season travel destination and a top state to live, work and retire.
Known as the Mountain State, West Virginia is one of the most scenic states in the United States and home to thousands of acres of parks and public lands, including America’s newest national park and 45 state parks and forests.
In addition to its majestic mountains and rolling hills, West Virginia is full of rich historic sites, enchanting art galleries, charming towns and an immense sense of belonging found only in its heaven-like landscapes.
This weekend at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, Rose and the AM Racing team will continue to showcase their breathtaking Department of West Virginia Tourism summer paint scheme beaming the adventures that await with a tour of West Virginia.
On June 20, 2023, the state of West Virginia celebrated its 160th birthday!
Secured Partnership: In addition to the Disability Opportunity Fund, the Department of West Virginia Tourism, Secure Testing Services (STS) will serve as a major associate marketing partner for the 13th of 20 races on the 2023 ARCA Menards Series tour.
Secure Testing Services LLC. is a nationwide leader in on-site drug testing located in Richmond, Virginia.
Quite simply, STS provides customized assistance to your organization’s Human Resources and Safety teams in achieving their compliance goals.
Double Duty: The ARCA Menards Series will have a busy weekend. After completing Friday night’s General Tire 100 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, the teams will be back in action two days later for the first of two races on the dirt at the Illinois State Fairgrounds for the Dutch Boy 100.
The ARCA Menards Series national division will host three races in a span of seven days wrapping up the tour at The Milwaukee Mile on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023, as a doubleheader with the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN® Truck Series.
Cue The Fun!: The West Virginia State Fair is open for business. From August 10 – 19, 2023, the yearly State Fair will showcase concerts, rides, animals, food, entertainment and more!
Christian Rose and his No. 32 Department of West Virginia Tourism Ford Mustang made an appearance on Wednesday, August 16, 2023 – before traveling to Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International for his second and final road course start of the season.
Stay tuned on the driver’s and team’s social media channels where they will offer opportunities to win fair tickets!
AM Minute: Last weekend was another busy summer weekend for AM Racing.
In addition to the ARCA Menards Series team being in action at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, AM Racing’s NASCAR Xfinity Series team was also roaring to life a few miles away at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course with driver Brett Moffit.
After a solid practice, Moffitt qualified his No. 25 AM Technical Solutions Ford Mustang 23rd but utilized the Pennzoil 150 to methodically move through the field and capture a 10th-place finish at the checkered flag.
On the flip side, AM Racing’s Dirt Division was in action this past weekend at Fairgrounds Raceway in Boone, N.C.
To The Point(s): Entering Watkins Glen, Rose is fourth in the ARCA Menards Series championship standings, 112 markers in the arrears to championship leader Jesse Love with eight races remaining.
Just 13 points separate Rose from third in the championship standings currently occupied by Andres Perez De Lara.
Rose sits 14 points behind second place in the championship standings currently occupied by Frankie Muniz.
Rose is the series leader in most laps completed in 2023 at 1,506 of 1,532 at 98.3 percent overall.
AM Racing stands a respectable seventh in the ARCA Menards Series championship owner standings.
Thanks For Your Support: With 60 percent of the season complete, AM Racing and Christian Rose would like to thank their associate marketing partners for their support: AIRBOX Air Purifier, Black Draft Farm & Distillery, Disability Opportunity Fund, Extreme Family Fitness, Flying Circle, Lopez Team, Mountaineer Rub, Mobil 1, Whitetail Smokeless and Warwood Tool.
Christian Rose ARCA Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International Stats: Friday afternoon’s General Tire 100 will mark Rose’s inaugural tango with the eight-turn, 2.45-mile road course in the Finger Lakes of New York.
Christian Rose ARCA National Series Stats: In 20 career ARCA National Series starts, Rose has earned nine top-10 finishes: seventh at Michigan International Speedway | August 2023, seventh at Iowa Speedway | July 2023, seventh at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway | June 2023, seventh at Kansas Speedway | October 2022, eighth at Charlotte Motor Speedway | May 2023, ninth at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway | July 2023, ninth at Kansas Speedway | May 2023, 10th at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | August 2023, 10th at Elko Speedway | June 2023), while also showcasing 13 top-20 finishes overall.
Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Reese’s 200 Race Recap: In the most recent ARCA Menards Series race at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, Rose and the AM Racing team chased their eighth top-10 finish of the season together.
While running inside the top-10 in the late stages of the race, Rose was spun out by another competitor to trigger a caution. Rose suffered some damage to his race car where the AM Racing team quickly went to work for repairs – allowing Rose to finish the race.
Although the spin cost Rose two laps on the track, he was able to rebound and charge back inside the top-10 at the checkered flag.
Indianapolis delivered Rose’s eighth top-10 finish in the last nine races. He also posted his ninth top-11 finish since Kansas Speedway in May 2023 for the Statesville, N.C.-based team.
Show Your Support: AM Racing and Christian Rose are proud to announce that official team 2023 apparel is available by visiting Christian Rose’s website.
You can show your support for Christian Rose and the No. 32 AM Racing team by purchasing an official West Virginia Tourism tee-shirt, as well as a team cap representing West Virginia Tourism, Secure Testing Services and Disability Opportunity Fund.
Christian Rose Quoteboard:
On Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International: “I feel very optimistic about visiting Watkins Glen this weekend. Although I still do not have much experience on a road course, I learned a lot at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course last month, which I think will help us tremendously.
“I also feel having my AM Racing teammate Brett (Moffitt) at the track this weekend will be a massive bonus for me. He is an excellent road course racer, and I think his guidance will be a huge factor in helping us achieve another top-10 in ARCA competition.
“I am incredibly humbled and proud to be carrying the Disability Opportunity Fund colors, while also promoting our Racing for STRIDE initiative. I look forward to utilizing the week to educate the race fans on our mission.”
On Illinois State Fairgrounds: “I do not know what to expect on Sunday. Luckily, my AM Racing team has much experience at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. I’ll lean on them to achieve the best result possible with our No. 32 Department of West Virginia Tourism | Secure Testing Services LLC. Ford Mustang.
“Without a doubt, the track time at Springfield will help for DuQuoin in a few weeks.”
On 2023 Season Outlook: “We have just past the halfway point of the season, and we’ve made some significant gains. We still have more work to do and a lot of the season left to accomplish the rest of our goals.
“I am focused on doing my part to ensure we leave the track every weekend with the best finish possible. Every race isn’t perfect, but limiting mistakes and capitalizing on the opportunity will hopefully propel us forward as we inch closer to the second half of the season.
“We have shown speed, finesse, led laps, and put ourselves in contention to win a race. I’m hopeful we can achieve everything we set out to do by October.”
The General Tire 100 (41 laps | 100.45 miles) is the 13th of 20 races on the 2023 ARCA Menards Series schedule in the 71st consecutive ARCA season. Practice begins Friday, August 18 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying in a timed session will begin a short time later at 4:15 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 6:00 p.m. ET. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while also streaming on FloRacing. The Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio (XM channel 391 | online channel 981) will handle the radio waves. ARCARacing.com will also stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities.
The Dutch Boy 100 (100 laps | 100 miles) is the 14th of 20 races on the 2023 ARCA Menards Series schedule in the 71st consecutive ARCA season. Practice begins Sunday, August 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. General Tire pole qualifying will begin a short time later at 11:15 a.m. The race is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 1:00 p.m. (2:00 p.m. ET). The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while also streaming on FloRacing. ARCARacing.com will also stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities.
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