Lira Motorsports

Lira Motorsports is an American professional stock car racing team that last competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and the ARCA Racing Series. Owned by Carlos and Amanda Lira, the team made its debut in the ARCA Racing Series in 2015, fielding multiple cars and drivers throughout the year. The team made its Camping World Truck Series debut on November 20, 2015 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.[2] Lira Motorsports also fields cars in NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Model Series competition.[3] Lira Motorsports is a driver development satellite team for Roush Fenway Racing.[4]

Lira Motorsports
Lira Motorsports (race team) small format logo.jpg
Owner(s)Carlos Lira
Amanda Lira
BaseMooresville, North Carolina
Port Orange, Florida[1]
SeriesCamping World Truck Series
ARCA Racing Series
Race driversCamping World Truck Series:
58. Ryan Reed
59. Korbin Forrister
ARCA Racing Series:
36. Brandon Lynn, Michael Lira
38. Gray Gaulding, Sheldon Creed, Ryan Reed
58. Kyle Weatherman
59. Jario Avila, Jr., Travis Swaim, Tyler McQuarrie, Korbin Forrister
93. Clayton Weatherman
SponsorsMOMO
Safecraft Safety Equipment
Camping World Truck Series:
58. Dexcom/Lilly Diabetes
59. Tilted Kilt/MOMO
ARCA Racing Series:
36. MOMO/Safecraft
38. Krispy Kreme (Gaulding), Safecraft (Creed), Lilly Diabetes (Reed)
58. MOMO/Safecraft/St. Charles Glass
ManufacturerFord
Opened2015
Career
DebutCamping World Truck Series:
2015 Ford EcoBoost 200 (Homestead)
ARCA Racing Series:
2015 Lucas Oil 200 (Daytona)
Latest raceARCA Racing Series:
2016 Corrigan Oil 200 (Michigan)
Races competedTotal: 77
Camping World Truck Series: 2
ARCA Racing Series: 75
Drivers' ChampionshipsTotal: 0
Camping World Truck Series: 0
ARCA Racing Series: 0
Race victoriesTotal: 2
Camping World Truck Series: 0
ARCA Racing Series: 2
Pole positionsTotal: 0
Camping World Truck Series: 0
ARCA Racing Series: 0

Camping World Truck SeriesEdit

Truck No. 58 historyEdit

Lira Motorsports made their Truck Series debut in November 2015, with Kyle Weatherman driving at Homestead in the No. 58 Ford F-150, where he qualified 21st and finished 23rd. For 2016, Ryan Reed attempted the season opener at Daytona, but failed to qualify.[1][4]

Truck No. 59 historyEdit

Lira Motorsports fielded the No. 59 Ford F-150 for David Levine at Homestead in 2015, where he qualified 22nd and finished 17th. Korbin Forrister took over the truck in 2016.[4] The 59 failed to qualify at the Daytona season opener, and the following week at Atlanta.

ARCA Racing SeriesEdit

Car No. 6 historyEdit

After being inactive in the ARCA Racing Series, the team field the No. 6 car for Michael Lira.

Car No. 36 historyEdit

The No. 36 car made its debut at Salem Speedway on August 19, 2015 in the Federated Car Care Fall Classic 200. It was driven by Brandon Lynn, who qualified 13th and also finished in the 13th position.[5] The second race for the number 36 car was the Crosley Brands 150 at Kentucky Speedway on September 26, 2015. In that race, Chris Windom drove the car, qualifying 11th and finishing 8th.[6] The third and final race for the No. 36 car in 2015 was on October 16 at Kansas Speedway. In that race, Jairo Avila Jr. raced the car, qualifying 15th and finishing 10th.[7]

Car No. 38 historyEdit

The No. 38 car was driven by John Lowinski-Loh at Chicagoland Speedway in June 2015.[8] The car suffered an engine failure during the race and finished 23rd. The second race for the No. 38 car was with driver Blake Jones at the No. ThisIsMySpeedway150 at Iowa Speedway on July 17, 2015. In the race, Blake qualified 13th and finished 7th.[9] The third race for the No. 38 car was with driver Tyler Dippel at the Federated Car Care 200 at Salem Speedway on September 19, 2015. Dippel qualified 4th, and raced to a 4th-place finish. He also won the Scott Rookie of the Race Award for the race. It was his first series top 5 finish.[10]

Car No. 38 recorded the second ARCA Racing Series win for the team at Kentucky Speedway on September 26 with driver Ryan Reed. He won the Crosley Brands 150 after leading the final 20 laps of the race.[11] Reed also raced the No. 38 car in the following race at Kansas Speedway, qualifying 12th and finishing in 4th place.[12]

In 2016, Gray Gaulding drove the No. 38 car sponsored by Krispy Kreme at Daytona, where he finished 9th. In March, the team held a test at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway,[13] and hired reigning Speed Energy Formula Off-Road champion Sheldon Creed to drive the No. 38 full-time for the remainder 2016 season.[14] Ryan Reed drove the car at Pocono with Lilly Diabetes sponsorship.[15]

Car No. 58 historyEdit

 
Ryan Reed in the No. 58 at Chicagoland Speedway in 2015

The No. 58 car competed in all 20 of the 2015 ARCA Racing Series events utilizing eight different drivers. Michael Lira, the initial primary driver of the car, did not meet age requirements to compete at four races during the first half of the ARCA Racing season. John Lowinski-Loh drove the car at Daytona in February.[16] Cole Powell drove the car at Talladega Superspeedway in May[17] and Michigan International Speedway in June.[15][18] Ryan Reed drove the car to the teams first ARCA Series win at Chicagoland Speedway in June.[19] After Lira raced the No. 58 car at the next three races (Winchester 6/28, Iowa 7/17, Lucas Oil 7/24), the team switched drivers multiple times in the remaining 2015 races. Jairo Avila Jr. drover the car at Pocono Raceway (8/1),[20] Blake Jones raced the car at Berlin Raceway (8/8)[21] and again at Salem Speedway (9/19). Tyler Dippel drove the No. 58 car at the Illinois State Fairgrounds (8/23)[22] and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (9/7). Brandon Lynn drove the No. 58 car at Kentucky Speedway (9/26) and Kansas Speedway (10/16). The best finish for the No. 58 car during the stretch between Ryan Reed's win at Chicagoland and the end of the season was by Blake Jones, who started 11th and finished 8th in the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Berlin Raceway.

The team hired Kyle Weatherman to drive full-time in the No. 58 for the 2016 season.

Car No. 59 historyEdit

 
David Levine's No. 59 car at Kentucky Speedway in 2015

For 2015, David Levine was signed to compete as the primary driver of the No. 59 car.[23] Levine raced the No. 59 car to a total of 11 top ten finishes, 1 top five finish and 4 top ten starts in 2015. His best finish for the year was 3rd at Kentucky Speedway on September 26.[24]

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late ModelsEdit

In 2015, Michael Lira competed in a part-time schedule of Pro Late Model and Super Late Model races in cars built and prepared by Lira Motorsports. Through the first half of 2015, he has four top five finishes and two wins[25][26] in a Pro Late Model and one top five finish in a Super Late Model, all at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Press Release (February 18, 2016). "Ryan Reed 2016 NCWTS NextEra Energy Resources 250 Race Preview". Catchfence.com. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  2. ^ LIRA MOTORSPORTS TO ATTEMPT HOMESTEAD TRUCK RACE https://frontstretch.com/2015/10/23/lira-motorsports-to-attempt-homestead-truck-race/
  3. ^ "About" Lira Motorsports. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "Roush Fenway driver development team Lira Motorsports turning up the wick at Daytona". Automobile Racing Club of America. Daytona Beach, Florida. February 10, 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  5. ^ http://ansonrecord.com/sports/850/anson-native-makes-racing-debut-finishes-13th
  6. ^ http://www.arcaracing.com/articles/1998056-lira-motorsports-lights-up-ky-speedway
  7. ^ NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combine Participant Jairo Avila Captures An ARCA Top At Kansas Speedway http://www.speedwaydigest.com/index.php/news/racing-news/27773-nascar-drive-for-diversity-combine-participant-jairo-avila-captures-an-arca-top-at-kansas-speedway
  8. ^ Lowinski-Loh to debut Lira Motorsports car No. 38 (ARCA Racing website, June 17, 2015)
  9. ^ Blake Jones Races To A Top Ten In His Lira Motorsports Debut (Speedway Digest, July 21, 2015)
  10. ^ http://liramotorsports.com/2015/09/21/1568/
  11. ^ Reed captures second win for Lira Motorsports, taking Crosley Brands 150 at Kentucky Speedway / http://www.arcaracing.com/articles/1998036-reed-captures-second-win-for-lira-motorsports-taking-crosley-brands-150-at-kentucky-speedway
  12. ^ Reed finishes fourth in ARCA Racing Series season finale at Kansas http://www.arcaracing.com/articles/1998314-reed-finishes-fourth-in-arca-season-finale-at-kansas
  13. ^ "Weatherman, Lynn, Swaim, several test with Lira Motorsports at Nashville". ARCA Racing Series. March 19, 2016. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  14. ^ "Lira Motorsports announces new full-time partnership for 2016 ARCA season". ARCA Racing Series. April 6, 2016. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  15. ^ a b Press Release (May 24, 2016). "Ryan Reed to Drive Lira Motorsports ARCA Entry at Pocono Raceway". Catchfence.com. Mooresville, North Carolina. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  16. ^ Lira Motorsports Welcomes Driver John Lowinski-Loh For Daytona (Yankee Racer website, February 4, 2015)
  17. ^ Lira Motorsports Signs Cole Powell for Talladega ARCA Race (Speedway Digest, April 3, 2015)
  18. ^ Powell Ready To Take On Michigan With Lira Motorsports (Speedway Digest, June 9, 2015)
  19. ^ Reed takes Lira Motorsports to victory lane at Chicagoland (ARCA Racing website, June 20, 2015)
  20. ^ http://liramotorsports.com/2015/08/03/1301/
  21. ^ http://liramotorsports.com/2015/08/10/1344/
  22. ^ http://speedwaydigest.com/index.php/news/racing-news/26527-tyler-dippel-impressive-in-his-arca-series-debut
  23. ^ Lira Motorsports announces full season for Levine...starts at Daytona test (ARCA Racing website, December 17, 2014)
  24. ^ David Levine Caps Off His Rookie Year With Another Top Ten Finish http://www.speedwaydigest.com/index.php/news/racing-news/27786-david-levine-caps-off-his-rookie-year-with-another-top-ten-finish
  25. ^ April 4th, 2015 New Smyrna Speedway results (New Smyrna Speedway website, retrieved July 8, 2015)
  26. ^ May 9th, 2015 New Smyrna Speedway results (New Smyrna Speedway website, retrieved July 8, 2015)

"On Track Results" Lira Motorsports. Retrieved July 8, 2015.

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