Bealeton, VA’s reigning Super Cup Stock Car Series Champion, 38-year-old James. S. Pack, Jr. is going to Daytona International Speedway in February to race the high banked, pedal to the metal superspeedway. Pack will be driving a car owned by Willie Mullins of Fredericksburg, VA in the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards annual Lucas Oil 200. The race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 channel beginning at 4:30 on Saturday, February 14, 2015.
Pack has a dream of competing on the superspeedways of NASCAR and has a resume that just might work for him. He has been racing for more than fifteen years including Super Cup Stock Car Series, NASCAR Late Model Stock Cars, the mini-stock division at Old Dominion Speedway (Manassas, VA), and in Go Karts years ago.
“Daytona lives up to the hype,” said Pack.
“ It was a lot different than I thought. I have never been on a track where I was in the throttle the whole way around and on banking that high. We definitely met our expectations.”
Pack’s car owner, Willie Mullins, from Fredericksburg, VA has competed at Daytona ‘s road course. He has also competed in ARCA races in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012 but only on road courses and for good reason. His business is building full-bodied road-course cars and teams. He took his first “turn-left-only” ride during the ARCA testing in December at the superspeedway.
“It’s really a surreal feeling,” said Mullins.
“It’s a big jump for us, but we are more than ready. When you have the opportunity to run Daytona, you take it. We have had a lot of help from our friends in ARCA and we are really excited to get JJ (Pack) behind the wheel.”
“JJ is a very accomplished short track racer. He is the 2014 Super Cup Stock Car Series Champion. Along with the short track racing, he is also a road racer. We got to know him this last season when we where both running at Summit Point. He is a great wheelman. We got talking about us adding a super speedway program in 2015 and he was very interested. We invited him to test with us at the open test in December. He really impressed me. But what really separates JJ from a lot of drivers is his ability to set up a racecar. He spent a lot of time at the shop helping get the car ready. I really respect a man who can work on his own car.”
-Mullins Racing Press Release & Photo