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MILVERTON, Ont. – Adam Andretti will make his NASCAR Pinty’s Series debut in a little over a week at the Honda Toronto Indy – Pinty’s Grand Prix behind the wheel of a 22 Racing prepared entry. Andretti’s ride will be the No. 44 Engineering Components Co./Anchor Bolt & Screw Company/Bell Helmets/Hinchman Racing Uniforms Dodge.
“We are really pleased to have Adam in the seat of one of our 22 Racing cars for the Pinty’s Grand Prix in Toronto this month,” said team owner Scott Steckly. “He is a professional through and through and with his vast road racing experience we expect to see him running up front all day long.”
The Andretti name is synonymous with motorsports and he has many famous relatives like his father Aldo, his uncle Mario and brother John just to name a few, while also being a veteran of several racing disciplines himself, most recently the Trans-Am TA2 series.
"I am very excited for my debut in the NASCAR Pinty's Series,” said Andretti. “This platform has proven to be ultra-competitive with a fantastic group of world class drivers with world class accomplishments. To have this all come together for the Honda Indy Toronto weekend is extra special as I have very fond memories coming here and watching as a kid. The Canadian racing fans are amazing and I always love coming up here to compete. To top it all off I will have the confidence of having 4-time champ Scott Steckly and the entire 22 Racing Team guiding me thru the weekend and that is truly a special feeling. Special thanks to Engineered Components Co. and Anchor Bolt and Screw for making this all happen. The Henriksen family their passion for Motorsports and premier top level competition can be found in very few and I am very proud to be a part of that."
The Pinty’s Grand Prix at the Toronto Honda Indy will have practice and qualifying on Friday July14 with the 35-lap main event on Saturday at 3:45 p.m. For tickets and event information please visit www.hondaindytoronto.com
The NASCAR Pinty’s Series is made up on 13 events across Canada from May 21-Sept. 16 with television coverage on TSN and RDS in Quebec. For more information please visit NASCARHomeTracks.com or follow on Twitter @NASCARHomeTrack.
Andretti's racing career started in 1994 at the age of 15 with the help of his brother John, who helped Adam obtain a ride in the new half-scale Mini Cup Stock Car series, driving for Terry Lingner of Lingner Group Productions at the Velodrome in Indianapolis. He showed promise by winning four races in 1995 and finishing fourth in the series championship. After his stint in the Mini Stocks, Andretti raced karts. His brother Mark bought him a 125cc shifter kart and they raced for the next two years in the SKUSA series. In 1998, he finished second at the Formula C World Karting Championship held in Charlotte, North Carolina. He also ran in the 24 Hours of Daytona, an event sanctioned by the Grand American Road Racing Association.
In 2000, Andretti drove the #12 car in the short-lived United States Formula 3Championship for Duesenberg Brothers Racing. He won a race and finished third in the series points championship. Then in 2001 and 2002, he drove in NASCAR's Featherlite Southwest Series. In 2003, Andretti drove a Corvette at Sebring Raceway in the SPEED World Challenge Series. He drove in the 2004 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.
Since then, he has served as a racing instructor for several magazine publications and some driving schools, including The Mid-Ohio School.
Andretti made his Indy Pro Series debut at Chicagoland Speedway on September 9, 2007. In 2008 Adam and his wife Tabitha operated a dirt sprint car team with businessman John Edwards. Adam would drive in 12 total races with a best finish of 4th.
In 2014 he began regularly competing in the TA2 class of the Trans Am Series. In his first season of TA2 competition Adam found himself in the mix of a yearlong championship battle that went down to the last round in Daytona. While he came up short on the title his numerous victories and pole positions earned him Rookie of the Year honors. The next season would prove to be almost a repeat of his rookie campaign. Coming just 6 points shy of Championship honors in the 2015 TA2 Trans Am Championship. He still enjoys competing in select TA2 events with ECC Motorsports and looks forward to more racing opportunities as they present themselves.
You can follow the ECC Motorsports team on Facebook at facebook.com/ECCmotorsports or on Twitter @ChipECC44
22 Racing is owned by four-time NASCAR Pinty’s Series Champion Scott Steckly and is based out of Milverton Ontario in a new (2014) 7,500 square foot race shop. They have fielded teams for drivers such as Christopher Bell, Jacques Villeneuve, James Buescher, Jeb Burton, Kaz Grala, L.P. Dumoulin, Marc-Antoine Camirand and many others. 22 Racing provides turnkey solutions for drivers looking to compete in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series. The 22 Racing Team is supported by the following sponsors: Erb Group of Companies, AW Millwrights, Sturdy Formed Concrete, Castrol, Wendell Motors, Twin City Graphics, Auto Glym, Mechanix Wear, Dickies Canada, Great Dane Glasvan, Safety Kleen, Dupli-Color & Permatex.
Follow the 22 Racing Team on Twitter @22RacingTeam & @ScottSteckly22, Facebook Fan Page 22racingteam and Instagram 22racingteam