DENVER, NC — Sarah Cornett-Ching, quickly becoming known as ARCA’s “Girl Next Door,” has a very important date this weekend. The 23-year old Canadian racecar driver will make her first career start in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards this Saturday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway in the No. 2 Pit Stops for Hope Chevrolet.
A graduate of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and ARCA’s OK Tire Series, the certified welder will achieve a lifelong dream thanks to the RACE 101 team and crew chief Tony Blanchard. Her on-track ability and mental aptitude regarding her racecar turned the head of Tony Blanchard and earned her the opportunity to compete at the World’s Center of Racing.
“Competing at Daytona is much bigger than any other event I have had the chance to race in,” said Cornett-Ching, “and the style of racing is different, too. You can feel the history and sheer energy running through the place as soon as you enter the tunnels.”
Cornett-Ching participated in the ARCA-sanctioned test in December under Blanchard’s guidance and quickly got her Chevrolet up to speed. While most of the competition spent time drafting and seeking speed in packs, much as they would race, the Race101 team focused on getting the rookie driver comfortable in the car before drafting near the end of the weekend. Given the average pickup of cars in a multi-car draft, Sarah and her crew are excited about the possibilities for the weekend. With little drafting help, they were in the top 20 of cars at the December test.
“I don’t have a specific expectation for where I will finish, but I do expect to learn as much as I can through the weekend and make sure I take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way,” remarked Cornett-Ching. “I expect to handle everything that is within my control in the best way I can.”
“I’m seriously hoping for, and believe we can have, a top-ten run,” said crew chief Tony Blanchard very confidently when asked about his new driver. “I hope to avoid the big one. Sarah has the capability to do well and we’ve given her the best car we possibly can. We’re using a little different package than some, but I’ve got full faith our driver can make the most of it.”
Following the Daytona Lucas Oil 200 presented by AutoZone, Cornett-Ching will focus on obtaining partners and sponsors in hopes of running as many ARCA events during 2015 as possible. To keep up to date with Sarah Cornett-Ching’s racing endeavors, visit her online at www.SCCRacing.com, follow her on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCRacing or on Twitter @SCornettChing.
-SCC Racing Press Release & Photo