(Kaukauna, WI) – Hubertus super late model pilot John DeAngelis has announced his intentions to run for the rookie-of-the-year crown on Thursday nights at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna.
The former Slinger Speedway super late model rookie-of-the-year will be 23 years old in May. “My Dad and I talked it over with our crew guys and we just want to try something a little different this year,” DeAngelis explained. “We’ve hired Travis Dassow (fellow super late model driver) as our crew chief for WIR. He’s run up there before and I believe he got 2nd place in the TUNDRA race there last year.”
While DeAngelis has attended races at WIR as a spectator he’s never raced the D-shaped, half-mile paved oval. “Rest assured we plan on coming up there at least two or three times to practice in April,” DeAngelis said.
DeAngelis will wheel a brand new Pathfinder chassis underneath a new Chevrolet Monte Carlo body. The team is supported by marketing partners DeAngelis Construction, D and H Demolition and Industrial Recyclers all out of Milwaukee.
DeAngelis will join what’s developing into a crowded field of candidates for the super late model rookie-of-the-year title. While DeAngelis isn’t a true “rookie” in the sense per the FRRC bylaws allow him and others to be eligible to run as rookies. Third generation driver Travis Sauter of Necedah will wheel the Chase Motorsports entry on Thursday nights, vacated by Casey Johnson. Bayport high school junior Chad Butz announced earlier this week that he’ll drive his dad Mike Butz’ number 8 racer. Other rookie candidates set to embark upon their freshman year at WIR include Jake Zelinske from Menasha and Kewaunee’s Mike Hardtke.
“It’s going to be a tough run to get rookie-of-the-year, especially with Travis Sauter in there,” DeAngelis admitted. “We’re going all in and are putting all of our eggs into one basket up there.”
“Thursday Night Thunder” will host 16 events with the season opening event being hosted by the Fox River Racing Club Thursday May 18 with racing starting at 6:45 p.m. Highlighting the FRRC schedule will be the Red, White and Blue state championship races. The triple-crown series often draws many top super late model drivers from other Wisconsin paved tracks and this year looks to be no different. The R, W & B shows will be held June 8, July 13 and August 10, respectively. Those races feature a boost in payout for the drivers and extended feature laps for the race fans.
The annual FRRC Tech and Practice day will be held Saturday May 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spectator admission is free that day.
For more information please check the club’s website at frrcracing.net.
-WIR Press Release. Photo credit: Fay Hendricks