Mooresville, North Carolina (March 29th, 2023) - Armani Williams will pilot the No. 46 Tundra TRD Pro at the Texas Motor Speedway this weekend.
“We are excited to have Armani (Williams) join us at Texas,” Tim Viens commented on the signing. “He has a very unique journey and story to tell through his racing and I am happy to have him drive for G2G Racing.”
Williams is a 21-year-old professional stock car driver that is the first professional driver in NASCAR openly diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD refers to a disorder currently diagnosed through symptoms, which involve difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. But he has worked to overcome all barriers to jump behind the wheel and make his dream become a reality.
He uses his racing career as a platform to draw awareness and acceptance to Autism, and create better life outcomes for families impacted by the disorder.
Racing across multiple series in the United States and Canada, Williams is no stranger to racing in NASCAR. He has competed in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series, the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, and both the East and West divisions of the ARCA Menards Series.
His best finish in truck competition came in 2021, finishing 21st at Worldwide Technologies Raceway, after starting dead last in the field. He also was knocking on the door for Top-10s in the Pinty’s Series in 2017.
Williams has also been a member of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program, which helped vault his racing career to the next level.
Austin, Texas (March 29, 2023) - Coming off of the team’s career-best finish at Atlanta last weekend, G2G Racing was looking for a strong outing at the 21-turn, Circuit of the Americas.
In practice, Dale Quarterley took to the track, recording a fast lap of 87.860mph in his No. 46 Van Dyk Recycling/Motul Tundra TRD Pro. This placed him 28th on the speed charts. Therefore, the team was optimistic about making the 36-truck field.
Next, in qualifying, because of NASCAR’s road course qualifying procedure, he was placed in the first group to hit the track. He was able to lay down a lap of 87.293mph, placing him 17th out of his group.
As the next group went out, the team began to worry if they were going to be locked into the race. Patiently waiting, the team watched the session closely to see if they would make the field. As it came to a close, it was confirmed that Quarterley’s speed was fast enough to put him in the field for the next day’s XPEL 225.
On race day, as the team was warming up the truck, they felt optimistic about how the truck would perform. After Quarterley strapped in and fired up the truck, he came across the radio saying, “Let's have some fun, guys."
Promptly, crew chief Tim Sliva came across the radio, jokingly saying, “Don't raise too much hell, Dale."
A laugh was exchanged as both team and driver settled in for the start of the race.
On the first lap, Quarterley rocketed out of the gates, picking up six positions within the first half lap around the road course. His progress was slowed by a quick caution flag, but as the race resumed a few laps later, he began to march his way forward again. This time, he vaulted to the 21st position, picking up a total of twelve spots in six laps!
This has been a positive trend for the second-year team, as the team improves their program.
As the race continued, Quarterley was navigating the field, breaking into the Top-20, until NASCAR determined he had “cut the course” and had to do a pass through pit road. This eliminated his position inside the Top-20, falling all the way to 31st, almost half a lap down to the leaders. Then, the team got a stroke of luck as a caution had come out after some of the main pack of cars collided and spun on the course. This caught him back up to the main field.
Playing strategy, Tim Sliva made the call to stay out to gain back his track position. This put him in 21st for the restart.
After the restart, he quickly navigated his way inside the Top-20, running comfortably in 18th.
Once again playing strategy, Quarterly brought his Toyota Tundra TRD Pro down pit road for his only pit stop of the day.
After returning to the track, a caution flag came out, which vaulted him to the 11th position, just outside the Top-10!
On the restart, he settled into 14th in the running order before an error on his part put a huge damper on his race. While attempting to move into 12th through the esses, he was bumped by a truck, sending him into the off limits area of the course, incurring a cutting the course penalty again.
Unfortunately, he had to come in and serve the penalty, putting him in 28th. This is where he stayed until the conclusion of the race.
After a strong outing, the team will stay in the Lonestar State as they prepare for the SpeedyCash.com 250 at the Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. You can catch the action live on Fox Sports 1, or tune in on NASCAR SiriusXM, Channel 90.
Photo Credit: Nick Hrehor, Photographer
Mooresville, North Carolina (March 7, 2023) - Tim Viens, owner of G2G Racing is pleased to announce a new ownership partner to G2G Racing in 2023 and beyond.
When G2G Racing was founded, Viens reached out to cousin and business owner, Bill Shea. Now, Shea is just not a normal businessman. He owns several companies, grossing well over a billion dollars.
He immediately jumped at the opportunity to partner with his cousin (Viens).
“I’m excited to build upon what my cousin has built, and really help accelerate this program to the next level,” Shea said about the opportunity.
Bill has a passion for racing, as he is a regular competitor at the New Smyrna Speedway. Naturally, he was excited about the opportunity to become part of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
Viens wasn’t bashful about his expectations for the season.
“With Shea now on-board, we will now focus on key components like experienced staffing and upgrading our equipment to set this program up to compete at a much higher level,” Viens said.
Last season was not very kind to G2G Racing, as the team experienced several issues. But, the team never gave up. Whether it was a mechanical failure or an accident, the team never wavered. They kept building momentum. And that drew Shea towards the team.
Mooresville, North Carolina (March 6, 2023) - There has been several Japanese-born drivers throughout NASCAR’s 75 Years, but one will step back into the seat with Akinori Ogata piloting the No. 46 Kyowa-Eidemiller Precision Machining Tundra on March 18th, at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
“I am glad we could get this deal done,” Viens commented on the signing. “Ogata has been a significant part of NASCAR’s International drivers that came into the sport and I am happy he is with us.”
Ogata has made multiple starts across all regional and national touring series of NASCAR. He has made 13 starts in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series in the last eight seasons, while he has made five NASCAR XFINITY Series starts.
In those starts, he holds claim to a best finish of 18th at New Hampshire in 2015, and a best result of 25th, again at New Hampshire, but the finish occurring last season. He has also been active in the ARCA Menards Series East Division, running several races throughout the last few years.
Las Vegas, Nevada (March 6, 2023) - G2G Racing was looking for an improved run from last season, but uncontrollable issues forced an early exit from the race.
The team unloaded in the warm Nevada sunlight for the evening’s Victoria’s Voice 200. The team was looking to bounce back after Daytona sent home the team’s lone entry.
The team rolled the No. 46 South Point Casino & Hotel Tundra through technical inspection with no issues, as the team began to prepare the truck for practice and qualifying. As the team began to warm the truck up, both driver Brennan Poole and team felt confident that the truck was going to perform well throughout the upcoming sessions and in the race.
In practice, Poole was able to lay down a lap of 31.096 seconds. This placed him 28th on the overall speed chart.
For qualifying, the team elected to not qualify, as the team was already locked into the field. Therefore, they were allowed more time to prepare the truck to go the distance in the evening’s 200-mile event.
As twilight gave way to evening, Poole and team grew anxious for the race to start, and show what the team could do.
Because of sitting out of practice, Poole rolled off 35th on the grid, as the team made unapproved adjustments before the trucks rolled onto the grid.
As Poole took the green flag, he rocked around the slower trucks, vaulting 8 positions within the opening laps.
“Truck feels great,” Poole reported back to the team in the opening laps.
On lap 20, one of Poole’s competitors hit the wall and spun, bringing out the first caution of the race. Poole was behind the accident, but he quickly navigated around the accident to no injury to his machine. Then, this is when lady luck decided to turn on Poole and his No. 46 Tundra.
Under caution, Poole reported that the truck had power and was running, but had no drive. Therefore, he brought it to the attention of the crew, where they chose to take the truck behind the wall to diagnose the problem.
Unfortunately, the rear gear had experienced a catastrophic failure, forcing the team out of the event. Poole was credited with a 33rd place finish.
The team will regroup, as the series takes a week off before heading to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the FR8 208, on March 18th. The action will get rolling at 2:00pm Eastern, live on Fox Sports 1 and NASCAR Sirius XM, Channel 90.
Mooresville, North Carolina (March 1, 2023) - This weekend, the No. 46 G2G Racing truck will be covered in the colors for South Point Casino and Hotel at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“This is a big step for us,” owner Tim Viens said when asked about the partnership. “The Gaughan Family has been a big part of my racing career and obviously had a significant part throughout NASCAR’s 75 Years of competition. So it made sense to both parties.”
Last year at Las Vegas, Matt Jaskol jumped into the team’s flagship No. 46 Tundra. He drove from a 33rd starting position, all the way up to 22nd by the checkered flag. Also, G2G Racing has historically run well on 1.5-mile, recording several Top-20 finishes, just nearly cracking the Top-15 in several races.
For the team’s Vegas effort, Brennan Poole returns to the team, as part of his 19-race schedule with G2G Racing. Poole was the stud of the team’s driver lineup, with a best finish of 23rd at Texas last May. He also had some significant runs inside the Top-15, before lady luck turned her back on his No. 46 machine.
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