Charlotte, NC – (March 21st, 2016) The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West opened its season at the famed, and challenging, Irwindale Speedway on Saturday, March 19, 216 for the Toyota/NAPA Autoparts 150. Out of 24 cars, Julia Landauer qualified in the 10th spot and drove her #54 Toyota Camry to an 8th place finish, after running as high as 5th.
“That was a hell of a lot of fun!” Landauer exclaimed after the race. “To come out here for the first time and race with the front pack is a really strong way to start the season. A huge thanks to Toyota Racing, NAPA Filters, the Movemeant Foundation,Bill McAnally Racing and Julia Landauer Racing!”
Landauer had a long off-season, with her last race taking place on September 12, 2015. Having never raced a race this long, she quickly had to learn how to conserve her equipment to make the full 150 laps.
“Last year I had half the horsepower and my races were about a quarter of the distance, so this first K&N race was all about learning how the equipment wears down and making sure I had strong stuff at the end. My crew chief Mario Isola set up a great car start to finish and my spotter Eric Holmes gave me great instruction on the radio.”
Landauer was driving for championship-winning team owner Bill McAnally, who had high expectations for all his drivers.
McAnally said post-race, “I was very impressed by Julia in her first race in the series. She exceeded my expectations. She did a great job on restarts and took care of her car. Her passion and enthusiasm really showed on the track. I’m looking forward to the season.”
Tune in on Friday, March 25, 2016 at 9 pm EST to watch the Toyota/NAPA Autoparts 150 broadcast on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN).
The next race is on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Kern County Speedway in Bakersfield, Ca.