GLENDORA, California -- Performance Motorsports is heading with high hopes to the valley of the sun to compete in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series race at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend, October 2-3rd. This is only the second time that the Performance Motorsports drivers, Nick DeFazio and Jose Luis Ramirez, have had the opportunity to compete at the track, but both drivers are confident they will run well in the Subway 150, part of the exciting NASCAR Double Header.
DeFazio scored a solid qualifying run when the series made its first stop at the track in late January. He started his car on the inside of the second row. During the race, the team had mechanical difficulty that left DeFazio playing catch-up the remainder of the race. The determined rookie was able to rally back to a 15th place finish before the checkers flew.
For his second trip to Phoenix, DeFazio has even more determination. His grandpa Robert DeFazio Sr. (father of Irwindale Speedway track operator Bob DeFazio) passed away this week.
In the spirit of what many drivers do when facing great loss, DeFazio will race in honor of his lost loved one. Surely as the young DeFazio paces the track, his grandfather, who more likely than not would have wanted DeFazio to race this weekend, will cross his mind. With such love and determination it is quite possible that DeFazio is hoping he can come out of Phoenix with a top-5, maybe even a win for him. Whatever he does this weekend, it will be in honor of his beloved grandfather.
Ramirez is also optimistic he can come away with a good finish as well. In his first trip to Phoenix, he didn’t fair as well as his teammate on the 1-mile super speedway, qualifying 26th. But he managed to stay out of trouble and moved up several positions to finish right behind his teammate in the 16th position in his initial start with the series.
His performance of late shows that Ramirez feels much more comfortable in the seat now than what he did back in January. He has learned a lot about the cars over the season.
“I had never driven in this type of racing before Phoenix. My main goal was to come home with the car in one piece back in January. We are going to have a lot more aggressive goals this weekend”, said Ramirez.
Fans can watch both drivers compete for the win live on HDNet. The race is scheduled to start at 3:00pm MST, Sunday, October 3rd. The race will also be broadcast tape-delayed on SPEED Channel at Noon ET on December 4th. Fans can also log-on to http://www.racingwest.com through out the weekend for updates from PIR.