As a race fan growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Garrett Archer always enjoyed cheering for Jeff Jefferson during his successful career. Now the 20-year-old Black Diamond, Washington driver will be racing for Jefferson and Jerry Pitts after signing a deal to secure a ride in the first four races of the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season.
The young gun driver has showed success in his early career racing Super Late Models and Legend Cars across the West Coast. Archer won the 2014 Spears SRL Southwest Tour Rookie of the Year.
The opportunity to follow his dream continues as he pilots the No. 27 Jefferson-Pitts Racing Ford starting this weekend at Tucson Speedway (AZ).
“It’s a huge step in my career. Every driver on this planet wants to move up the ranks and eventually make it to the Cup Series,” Archer told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “This is a huge opportunity to race in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West with it being a development series and helping guide so many other drivers onto the next level.”
For Archer, it’s not just the step into the K&N Series that he is excited about; who he will be driving for has made this experience even more memorable.
“It means a lot to be with JPR for these races. Not only because of their huge success in the Series, but since I was a little kid and my dad was racing SLM, I’ve watched the Jeffersons win just about every Northwest SLM race out there.” Archer stated. “It’s going to be a huge learning experience for me, not only because I’m moving up the ranks, but because I get to learn why they have been so successful with other drivers in the past few years.”
The Jefferson-Pitts Racing team has only been in existence for two short years but they have already shown success by winning seven races between the West and East Series. Current Kyle Busch Motorsports Camping World Truck Series driver Noah Gragson drove for Jefferson-Pitts racing during the last two season before moving up the ranks.
Archer’s current deal only spans the first four races but he hopes it can continue for the remainder of the season.
“We only have the first four races lined up right now but we hope that we can line up some sponsorship for the remainder of the year,” Archer explained. “We had some other plans for this year that we put aside for this deal and I would love to get the opportunity to run the full year on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.”
The 2017 season for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series launches this weekend at Tucson Speedway in Arizona. The series will hold four races in 10 days at three tracks in conjunction with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series trip to the West Coast. An extra $100,000 bonus will be on the line with “NAPA 500” for any driver that can secure wins in all four races to open the season.
Fans can follow all the NASCAR K&N Pro Series action at Tucson this weekend on Speed51.com with Trackside Now coverage starting on Saturday.
-By Jeremy Anders, Speed51.com West Coast Correspondent