Sixteen-year-old Modified racer Sam Rameau will make his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut Sunday afternoon during the Sunoco World Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT).


The announcement from Rameau Motorsports comes after Valenti Modified Racing Series officials announced earlier this week that the No. 6MA team would be suspended for an incident that occurred last Sunday at Lee USA Speedway


Earlier this week, Rameau’s team acquired a Troyer race car previously owned by Dave Sapienza.  They have renumbered the car to No. 06 and will make their NWMT debut with realistic goals in mind.


“Our team’s goal this weekend is to learn how the series works and what the needs of our team are,” Rameau said in a team-issued press release.  “Our on-track goals is to run all 150 laps, stay on the lead lap and finish in the top 15.  We are looking to gain the respect of all the competitors and show our professionalism.


“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Jimmy Wilson and his staff for letting us join this great series and walking us through the beginning steps.  We are looking forward to meeting and learning from a lot of well-respected racing teams and families.”


Rameau entered last Sunday’s Valenti Modified Racing Series event at Lee USA Speedway as the series points leader; however, a disagreement over a call made by VMRS officials led to an altercation between team members and series officials.


It was announced on Tuesday evening that Rameau, his crew chief and his spotter would be suspended for Saturday’s VMRS finale at Thompson.  It was also announced that the No. 6MA team would lose all owner and driver points that they gained during the 2018 season.


Rameau’s father Randy, who serves as the team owner, was suspended indefinitely from the Modified Racing Series and fined $2,500.


The full penalty report issued by MRS officials can be viewed by clicking here.


With one door closed, the Rameau team will now open a new door during their NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut this weekend. Be sure to follow all weekend long for the latest updates from the Sunoco World Series at Thompson.


-Story by Brandon Paul, Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul

-Photo credit: Sam Rameau

Rameau to Make NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Debut