COTO de CAZA, CA – Austin Reed grew up like many other kids dreaming of someday driving a race car on the biggest racetracks in the country. And when you grow up in the western United States, there is no bigger track than Phoenix International Raceway. This week will be the fulfillment of that childhood dream when Reed pilots the #44 GHATechnologies/ Approved Memory Toyota in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series at PIR onThursday evening.
While the one-mile paved oval of Phoenix is not the “biggest” track in the western U.S., it does have the most history. Growing up watching the now defunct Southwest Tour and attending the old Copper World Classic, planted the seed in Reed that would grow into a passion he shares with his dad (Dave Reed). Relegated to the grandstands for much of his youth at Phoenix, this week he is ready to take the next step in his driving career.
”I have waited so long for this opportunity and can’t believe this week is finally here,” Reed offered. “Racing at Phoenix is a real big deal and I am thrilled that I get to share this with my dad and so many others that have been part of his race team for a long time.”
Dave Reed has been a fixture and great supporter of racing as an owner in NASCAR over the years and has spent the past thirty years building a successful business and developing marketing partners to make this opportunity a reality. Austin Reed will drive a former Kyle Busch Toyota Camry prepared by Jason Jefferson out of his shop in Naches, WA. In his first NKNPS start earlier this year at Evergreen Speedway, Reed drove among the top ten the entire event finishing tenth and drawing praises from his team and fellow competitors. The finish also allowed NASCAR to evaluate Reed’s skills in race action and quickly approved him to compete at Phoenix.
Jason Jefferson, who has an impressive racing resume’ of his own, has been mentoring, coaching, and preparing Reed’s cars this season. “Jason’s knowledge is amazing and has been incredible to work with this season,” Reed said. “Working with Jason gives me a lot of confidence for Phoenix. He is always calm and will ensure we are solid right out of the gate.”
Jefferson likes what he sees in Reed. “It has been a lot of fun working with Austin this season,” Jefferson offered. “He is a real consistent driver and takes car of his equipment. He has proven he is ready to take his racing to the next level.”
Local Phoenix company GHA Technologies will be on the hood of the #44 Dave Reed Racing Camry for the Casino Arizona “100” and Austin Reed and the team will have the car on display at the GHA Technologies Scottsdale location on Tuesday along with hosting a hospitality event at the track on Thursday.
Austin Reed resides in suburban Charlotte, NC where he study’s Mechanical Engineering, races nearly every weekend, works in a race shop during the week, and gets the opportunity to crew on a Sprint Cup team from time to time. “I am definitely taking the long road for my college degree but it will happen,” Reed offered. “Everything I have been doing in racing and school has led up to this week. I am so excited and can’t wait to unload at Phoenix. I know it will be kind of surreal.”
“I know we will have a really competitive car and if we can run all the laps and race fender to fender with Pursley, Mayhew, and McReynold’s, it will be a great day. But no matter the outcome it is going to be awesome.”
Dave Reed Racing has corporate partnerships with Approved Memory, AMC Optics, Approved Promo, Davidson Equipment Sales, K&N Filters, Lucas Oil, Eibach Springs, GHA Technologies, Fluidyne, Freight Train Peters Racing Engines, MTN Services, Performance Radio’s, and ACUWEB Services.
About Approved Memory
Founded in 2003, with over 40 years of experience in the memory industry, Approved Memory is a lead manufacturer of memory upgrade products. Through proven engineering, Approved Memory manufactures and designs virtually every memory upgrade available. Approved Memory provides the latest technology, extensive industry experience, and unparalleled sales and service support to supply their customers with the best product available to meet all of their needs. Call 949-216-9690 phone, 949-216-9695 fax or email the team at [email protected]. Visit the website at www.approvedmemory.com.
The race from Phoenix will be broadcast tape-delayed on Sunday, November 16 at 12noon ET on Fox Sports 1.