Blaine Perkins, one of the rising stars in West Coast auto racing, has joined the championship-winning Garcia Racing team for the 2016 Lucas Oil Modified Series season.
Perkins will be behind the wheel of Garcia Racing’s No. 21 STR Chevrolet for all the Lucas Oil Modified races that do not conflict with his pursuit of the K&N West Series title and Rookie of the Year honors.
The 15-year-old high school sophomore from Bakersfield, California, will make his debut with the team by joining 2014 Lucas Oil Modified champion Dylan Cappello and 2016 Rookie of the Year candidate Peyton Saxton for the second annual Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway February 27.
He will celebrate his 16th birthday the next day, February 28.
“We’re looking forward to working with Blaine,” team owner Mike Garcia said. “We’ve watched him grow as a driver and after his performances last year we think he’s ready for a breakthrough season this year. He’s probably only going to be able to run six or eight races with us, but he’s definitely capable of winning one or two of those.”
Perkins, who began racing when he was 10, became the youngest Late Model main event winner in Irwindale (California) Speedway history when he took the checkered flag as a 14-year-old in September, 2014, and won a record five races in a row in the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour’s S2 (Limited Late Models) division.
Last season Perkins had one top 10 in four starts in the Lucas Oil Modified Series and 14 top 5 efforts in 19 starts en route to a third-place finish in the Late Model point standings at Irwindale. He also finished 13th in his K&N West Series debut at Roseville, California, in October.
Perkins’ crew chief will be Jason White, who has been with Garcia Racing since its inception. He will work in concert with the team’s other crew chiefs, Dean Kuhn (Cappello) and Dale Dodds (Saxton).
Garcia said anyone interested in filling the driver’s seat of the No. 21 car when Perkins is not available should contact him by e-mail at [email protected].
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